by Designated For Assignment Staff
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s……Ezequiel Carrera.
The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 in the opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium Monday night, but it could have been an early blowout if not for Carrera. With the bases loaded and no one out in the bottom of the 1st inning, the Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury hit a drive to deep centerfield.
Carrera, playing shallow, raced back and took off like the caped Kryptonian…or at least, Jim Edmonds. The centerfielder snared the baseball and held on as he came in for a heavy landing. What could have been a three-run triple, possibly even an inside-the-park grand slam, turned into a sacrifice fly.
The Yankees eventually got a second run in the inning before second baseman Ian Kisler robbed Chase Headley of another run and ended the frame.