Stephen Strasburg walked J.D. Martinez to load the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth inning while the Washington Nationals held a 2-0 lead. Carlos Lee came to the dish, a mere deep fly ball away from putting the Astros on the board. Lee skied the ball into center field, but he hit it to Rick Ankiel. Jordan Schafer, who possesses good speed on the bases, thought about tagging from third, but acknowledged the legend of Ankiel’s laser cannon and held up.
Me thinks Ankiel could still pitch if they let him wind up from shallow center field.
Travis Buck struck out swinging in the next at bat, before the Astros tied the game on a single to right from Chris Johnson. The Nationals used a four-run bottom of the sixth to recapture the lead, and to set up Strasburg the W.
Ankiel’s throw didn’t have the same kind of impact on the game as say Josh Reddick’s rope from right last week, but its accuracy certainly warrants a good look. You know who was most impressed with Ankiel’s strike from center? These StrasBros: