Superhuman outfielder Kevin Pillar swiped 15 bases for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. On Saturday night against the New York Yankees, he got 20 percent of the way to matching last year’s stolen base total in just one inning.
With Toronto trying to build on a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, Pillar singled off reliever Dellin Betances.
He then proceeded to take advantage of the righty’s long delivery and inability to hold runners close, stealing second, third, and home before the third out of the frame.
Kevin Pillar took full advantage of Dellin Betances.
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He’s the first player in franchise history to thieve three bags in the same inning.
“I got to third base and it’s always tough, especially with two strikes on the hitter, but I feel like they weren’t holding me on,” Pillar said after a 5-3 win. “I got a pretty good walking lead. I started jumping up and down to see if I could get his attention. [Betances] didn’t lose focus at the plate. … It was a pretty surreal moment for me. There’s a lot of things that you dream of doing on the field as a kid, getting to the big leagues. Stealing home is one of those things. What if the opportunity presents itself? How much adrenalin, how crazy a play it is.”
During Sunday’s day game between the two teams, Pillar continued to be a thorn in New York’s side, going 3-for-4 with a run scored in a 7-4 win.