Fernando Kelli, given the opportunity to replace Albert Almora in CF for the second half of the game, went 2-for-2. His first hit was a chopper up the middle and his second a looping liner into center. However he was caught in a run down on the base paths, committing the cardinal sin of making the third out at third base when he tried to go first to third on an infield single. It should be noted that Kelli was able to make it to the bag with ease. The one problem with the play was that Kelli had a runner in front of him on the bases, and Jeffrey Baez required the use of the bag, leaving Kelli with nowhere to go. It just so happened to be the final out in a two-run game that robbed the team of a bases loaded opportunity. You just can't make this mistake young man:
Kelli's inexperience showed through on defense as he took multiple poor routes in the outfield. One on a fly ball over his head that he allowed to bounce off the warning track for a double and another in the right center field gap off the bat of Jorge Soler that he misjudged the distance to the wall and allowed the ball to ricochet off and passed him, once again for a double. He also collided with Bijan Rademacher on a ball in right center that was Kelli's ball to take, but you have to wonder if he was being vocal enough in calling for the ball as Rademacher never slowed. Thankfully the collision was only a glancing blow and both players remained in the game.
For a more positive, and age/experience appropriate look at Kelli's game, here is some video taken by Jason Pennini (@JasonPennini) last week of Kelli both at the plate and as a runner in a Minor League game on the backfields. Be sure to stay tuned to the end to watch his plus speed as he swipes second base after reaching on a single.
Back to the game action on Sunday, an even younger player than Kelli, 18-year old shortstop Luis Vazquez subbed in for Javier Baez, but was clearly overmatched by the upper-90s heat he was seeing. He also short hopped his one throw to first on a play where he was clearly trying to guide the ball instead of letting it rip. Vazquez made up for it in the ninth when a retrieved a ball in shallow left field that had bounced off the glove of third baseman Trent Giambrone then fired it to second to nail the runner as he tried to stretch it into a double.
Giambrone had a rough game at the hot corner, committing one error and narrowly escaped another thanks to a Royals-friendly official scorer that rewarded one of their batters with a hit. Giambrone did make an impact at the plate however: