Aviles turns a rare double play with an outfield assist.
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
By Joe ReedyFOX Sports Ohio
CLEVELAND -- Mike Aviles made one of the plays of the year for the Indians during the second inning of Sunday's game against Chicago as he doubled up Conor Gillaspie.
A hard-charging Aviles caught a Gordon Beckham fly ball just inside the left-field line for the first out in the inning. Aviles' momentum carried him into the wall in foul territory but he quickly saw that Gillaspie was jogging back to first. Instead of just lobbing it into shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, Aviles fired a perfect strike to first baseman Carlos Santana and got Gillaspie by half a step.
It is the first outfield assist of Aviles' career and is the 12th assist by a Tribe left fielder this season. Aviles is also the sixth Cleveland outfielder to record an assist this year.
"The only thing I saw when the ball was hit I knew it was going to be close to the line and that I had to get there and make a play. If it bounced it was probably going to go into the stands," Aviles said. "When I looked up and saw him (Beckham) lightly jogging, I figured I would let it go and see what happens. I was lucky to throw it into the right area."
The play ended up looming large in the inning as the next two White Sox hitters singled. Chicago didn't get a run though as Alejandro De Aza lined out for the third out. The Indians ended up winning the game 3-2.