Trent Grisham gets to relive his Little League days against San Diego
Some people just never outgrow being a kid in Little League, but for the Milwaukee Brewers talent Trent Grisham, sometimes that is quite alright.
Facing off against the struggling San Diego Padres, the Brewers’ outfielder was at the plate and laced an opposite-field double into the left-center field gap on Thursday. This two-bagger drove in Travis Shaw, but what happened next was the most interesting part of the whole at-bat sequence.
Because Shaw is not the best of runners, Grisham strayed off of the bag after rounding second, and once Shaw came home and beat the throw from the outfield, Grisham was on his way to third, racing to the bag. Padres’ catcher Francisco Meija saw what was happening and decided to throw a quick strike to third base to try and get Grisham tagged out and not let him advance to third.
The only problem with this was the fact that Meija’s throw was not really all that close, and while Grisham dropped down into a sliding position to avoid getting hit by the throw, the ball whizzed by the outstretched glove of the third baseman and into left field, allowing Grisham to easily trot home and score the team’s fifth and final run in the contest.
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For Grisham, the double in the book that resulted in two runs scoring will probably be the most exciting hit that he has had this year so far, although the rookie has stepped out in countless occasions for this team. Having made the transition from Double-A ball up to the Triple-A level and finally to the big leagues all in 2019, this year has been an absolute whirlwind for the left-hander.
With 2018 National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich being out for the remainder of the season with a fractured knee cap, center fielder Lorenzo Cain being dogged with knee discomfort for a good chunk of the season, and with veteran slugger Ryan Braun having back issues flare up from time to time, Grisham’s role as a backup outfielder who has been getting the bulk of the starting time in right field has been a great weight lifted off the team.
While Grisham’s production will never come close to the type of statistics that Yelich was putting up, just being able to have someone in the lineup on a consistent basis who is more than competent to roam the outfield and play solid defense, as well as provide solid hitting from the left side of the plate in a leadoff role is huge for manager Craig Counsell down the stretch.
There are three series left in the season for this ball club, and being right in the thick of contention for a playoff spot is just where this team wants to be. While being on the outside looking in is not quite where this team was projected to be after their very successful 2018 season, we could still see the Brewers wins the NL Central and make for a very, very tough out in the playoffs this October.