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You can have all the natural talent in the world, but sometimes in baseball, it all comes down to quick reflexes and a little bit of luck.

During Wednesday’s game between the Rangers and the Athletics, Texas infielders Ronald Guzman and Drew Robinson used both reflexes and luck to make a slick play.

In the top of the third inning, Oakland’s Matt Joyce, a lefthanded hitter, smacked a ground ball toward first, where Guzman was stationed.

Guzman tried to field the ball, but it deflected off his glove and popped up in the air toward short right field.

It might have ended up being a base hit for Joyce, if not for Robinson’s quick reaction.

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He ran to where the ball was about to land, caught it with his bare hand, and fired it to first base.

Thankfully for the Rangers, Guzman had immediately recovered following his miscue.

He was there at first with his foot on the bag to reel in Robinson’s throw and record the out.


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Of course, the Rangers were also somewhat fortunate that Joyce, a 33-year-old veteran, has lost a step or two over the years.

It was an impressive play regardless, though it helped that Guzman and Robinson apparently pulled off something similar last year, when they were both playing for the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express.

“We did a play like that last year at Round Rock,” Robinson told MLB.com‘s T.R. Sullivan following the game. “Once it goes off his glove, it’s just reaction and instinct. It’s not something that you can practice. It just happens.”

“The play last year was tougher. I just didn’t see the ball off the bat, but Drew had my back,” Guzman added.

That play was just one aspect of a fantastic all-around performance from Guzman, who also lined an RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth.

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Guzman ended up going 2-for-4 in the Rangers 4-2 victory.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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