ST. LOUIS -- Yoenis Cespedes isn't merely a hitter. The Red Sox also got themselves an outfielder who can make a play.
And he did just that on Wednesday night against the Cardinals, perhaps saving a run in the process.
Cespedes raced back and snared it, holding on to the ball even as he ran into the wall.
Thanks to the catch, the game stayed in a 1-1 tie. The Red Sox went on to win, 2-1, with Cespedes opening the winning rally with a single and scoring the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Xander Bogaerts.
"I did actually get a pretty good read on that," said Cespedes. "I usually like to take a peek back at the fence to see where it is when I see the ball. But I wasn't able to do that this time, and that's why the fence kind of snuck up on me."
"I've really taken pride on my defense this year and I've worked on it a lot, especially throwing to the bases, and I think it's been evident so far this year," said Cespedes.
He is enjoying his time with Boston so far.
"I feel pretty good," he said. "Although we're not in a position to really win at this point or go anywhere in the postseason yet, it's a pretty united team, and I feel pretty comfortable here."