With a share of the Major League home run lead, Adolis García is no stranger to going deep. But he can also bring back dingers, too.
The Rangers' center fielder robbed Seattle's Mitch Haniger of a home run on Thursday night, tracking the ball at the wall and then leaping to take away what would have been a solo shot to break a scoreless tie. García also had to contend with fans who were reaching over the wall.
García’s heroics only went so far though, as the Rangers eventually fell 5-0 at T-Mobile Park.
Tom Murphy and Jacob Nottingham hit back-to-back solo home runs at 407 and 391 feet, respectively, far out of the reach of García in center field in the third inning. Per Statcast, Haniger’s ball traveled an estimated 395 feet.
García has 16 home runs this season, tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for tops in the Majors. He had a relatively quiet night at the plate by his standards, going 0-for-3 with a walk and halting his six-game hit streak.
García fired another stellar defensive play in the bottom of the seventh, throwing out the runner at home to end the Mariners’ three-run inning. It was the second time this season that García has thrown a Mariners baserunner out of the plate, the first coming in a 9-8 victory on May 8 in Arlington.