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Addison Russell robs Tyler Naquin of a base-hit with an amazing diving grab

Addison Russell showed the baseball world why he’s been nominated as a Gold-Glove finalist, in Game 3 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

With no one on base, and zero outs in the top of the 3rd inning, Indians centre fielder Tyler Naquin stepped up to the batters box. After looking past 3 balls and dealing with 2 strikes, Naquin struck a full count pitch to left-centre. It looked like he was going to get at least a base-hit, with the ball pulling towards the gap at left-field. Unfortunately for Naquin, Russell read the ball carefully and perfectly-timed his dive to make an outstanding catch, and record the 1st out of the inning.

The catch wouldn’t lead to any momentum, with the Indians eventually scoring and walking away with the 1-0 win in Game 3.

Despite having the best play of the night, Russell didn’t have a great day at the plate; finishing 0-3 with a lone strikeout. He hasn’t been himself in the first 3 games of the World Series; going 1-11 with a batting average of .091, to go along with a single RBI, a walk, and 4 strikeouts. Even though Russell is known for his defensive ability, he needs to become a factor on offence if the Cubs want to get to their winning ways. 

With the loss, the Cubs fall into a 1-2 hole against the Indians. They managed to rack in 5 hits, but they weren’t enough; with none of their runners reaching 3rd base for the entire game. They’ll have a chance to bounce back and get their first World Series home win in 71 years on Saturday, when they take on the Indians in Game 4 at 8:08 p.m. EST.

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