But in the first two innings of Wednesday’s Indians-Rangers game, Duncan put together quite the highlight reel.
Duncan made three nearly identical leaping catches against the left field scoreboard on three consecutive Rangers hitters.
First he robbed Elvis Andrus, then Josh Hamilton to end the first inning — earning a smile and finger point from the slugger. Then Duncan made another catch on a fly ball off the bat of Michael Young to start the second inning — which could have been an instant replay of the play on Hamilton’s ball.
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When Duncan sprinted back to the same spot to make the third out, Indians announcer Matt Underwood said what everyone watching the game had to be thinking: “Duncan’s not gonna catch this one...”
Underwood probably neglected to look at Duncan’s career fielding stats — in 97 games in the outfield, he’s error-free.
Duncan — the son of St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan — was eager to rob Hamilton again in the home half of the fourth inning and leaped as high as he could in the same spot, glove extended toward the sky.
But Hamilton’s ball landed a good five feet higher, in the left field stands for a grand slam.