When a batter hits a home run to left field at Angel Stadium, the pitchers watching in the bullpen react like fans in the stands. If it's hit their way, they want to catch the ball.
One reliever who boasts a big advantage over his teammates is right-hander Aaron Slegers, who stands 6-foot-10. The tallest player in the majors right now, Slegers made good use of his height in the sixth inning Monday night by snagging
Anthony Rendon's home run with his red Angels cap turned upside down. Players on the bench don’t wear their gloves for the entire game, at least not typically.
It was one heck of an alley-oop dunk. It also was the second home run of the inning for the Angels off Tyler Glasnow after Shohei Ohtani went deep to center over the bushes — Bo Jackson 1989 All-Star Game territory. Glasnow came in having allowed only two homers all season. He had an eventful night in picking up the victory.
Rendon later left the game with an injury after getting hit on the knee with a pitch. They took X-rays, which were negative. He's got a big bruise, though. Soon he'll be back out there, dishing the rock to Slegers for the jam.