Addison Russell's catch caps Cubs' August success despite weary bullpen
Addison Russell’s sliding catch near the left field foul line typified the Chicago Cubs’ spectacular play during the month of August.
I never would have dreamed of that, Maddon said of the Cubs 15-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Im not that good.
I never could imagine youd have this kind of lead at this point in the season.
Rizzo is an athlete, Russell said. He makes some tremendous catches over there. And Im happy he gets to see what I can do over there.
Im playing up the middle, Russell said. Im still not canceling out something over there that way, and I just got a good read on the ball. I anticipated him up the middle, but he hit it the other way. I pounced on it as quick as I can and thought there was no way I was going to make that play but hustled over there and got a glove on it.
How impressive was Russell play? He ran 106 feet for a ball that had 5.4 sec hang time -- that's the furthest any SS has gone in under 5.5.— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) 1 September 2016
It was more like a running, one-legged jump slide, Russell said. I had to track the ball into my glove because going over toward the line, not knowing where the foul line is at or the bullpen is at. I kind of put my head down and at the last second tracked it.
Addison Russell's amazing catch!— Daren Willman (@darenw) 1 September 2016
Distance covered: 107ft !!!
First step: 0.2 seconds
Top speed: 19.3 MPH@Cubs
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