How Dodgers faked out Choo
In the eighth inning of Thursday’s 5-2 Reds win, the Dodgers made a smart play to get an out on Shin-Soo Choo. On first base with a leadoff single, Choo was stealing second when Joey Votto lined up single to center field. Choo slid in feet-first and suddenly got up and broke back for first base and was tagged out when he realized he was fooled.
Dodgers second baseman Skip Schumaker explained the trickery to MLB.com’s Austin Laymance.
“You just watch the runner as he steals and you see if he looks in or not,” Schumaker said on Friday. “That usually tells the infielder if it’s a hit and run situation, or if it’s a straight steal. Last night I kind of had a feeling with Votto up that it wasn’t going to be a hit and run.
“If you cause enough chaos, people usually panic. They don’t know what the hell is going on. I think that’s what happened. He slid and didn’t know where the ball was. … I’ve been there before, where I panic. I’ve been on the other side of it and it’s not a fun feeling to have.”