No one will ever mistake David Ross for Yadier Molina, but the 37-year-old Red Sox catcher showed off an arm that looked to be 10 years younger on Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.
After the White Sox made it 3-0 with two outs in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Alejandro De Aza, the Chicago left fielder tried to see if he could move up to second and join the club of successful basestealers against Brandon Workman, who had been 6-for-7 in Workman’s starts this season.
David Ross saw to it that the inning would end right there, unleashing a perfect throw to nail the speedy De Aza and leave Tyler Flowers standing at the plate. See the play here in video from MLB.com.
Ross wasn’t done, as in the very next inning Adam Eaton decided to try his luck, but the Boston catcher gunned him down with an almost identical throw, as seen in the video at the top of this page.
Ross had thrown out just five of 22 would-be basestealers coming into this game for a rate of just 23 percent; since the start of 2013, he had thrown out 33 percent of runners trying to steal on him. His career high for percentage came in 2009, when he threw out 48 percent of would-be basestealers.