Best Lorenzo Cain Moment #4: Rundown Escapade x2
As gifted a defender as Lorenzo Cain is, he’s also known to show his chops on the basepaths. He had speed, yes, but also smarts.
He used those smarts on multiple occasions to make the Chicago Cubs look really dumb.
With Christian Yelich caught off second by Javy Baez, Yelich works his way into a rundown long enough to allow Cain to get to second base. But Cain stops short as the Cubs run Yelich back to second, assuming both will be on the bag and they can tag out one of them. Then Cain darts back to first base where no one is, and everybody is safe.
The Cubs looked like fools for not having anyone at first base and not getting an out anywhere on that play. Cain and the Brewers looked like geniuses.
It was a heads up play that few players ever think of doing, especially in the heat of the moment.
You would think that after a play like that, the Cubs would’ve learned from their mistake, especially with Cain on the basepaths, but nope! He did it again to them in 2020 with Ben Gamel.
With Cain caught in the rundown this time between second and third base, he stays in it long enough and points to Gamel to run back to first where no one was standing and both of them ended up safe once again.
Fool me once, shame on me, but fool me twice, still shame on me.
Lorenzo Cain fooled the Cubs twice with this move and never got caught with it. His defensive prowess may lead to more highlight reel plays, but his baserunning acumen showed up in a big way in these two plays that are textbook examples of how to get out of a rundown.