Ezequiel Carrera robs A's hitters with 2 acrobatic catches
Toronto LF also posts his first 4-hit game in major leagues
Making like "Superman" Kevin Pillar, his Toronto Blue Jays teammate, left-fielder Ezequiel Carrera took away a pair of hits from Oakland Athletics batters in Saturday afternoon's 9-3 home victory.
With one out in the fifth inning, Carrera dove to his left to snare a sinking liner in left-centre off the bat of Chris Coghlan.
Toronto was leading 9-3 with one out in the ninth when a fully extended Carrera robbed Khris Davis, who was bidding for his first hit of the afternoon after a two-hit night in Friday's series-opening 8-5 win.
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"Zeke's got tremendous range out there. He's very athletic. He can pull off those plays," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters after the game. "Last year, he did a heck of a job … coming off the bench and was very productive for us."
Davis has not been a big fan of Carrera this weekend.
In the second inning Friday, the A's left-fielder rounded third base on a Marcus Semien single but was gunned down by Carrera's a one-hop strike to Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin.
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Davis got a measure of revenge in the ninth when his line drive skipped past Carrera and was ruled a double, scoring runners from first and third to extend the Oakland lead to 8-5.
Carrera, making his second consecutive start in left field on Saturday for the injured Michael Saunders, also made a case for more playing time with his first four-hit performance in the major leagues, scoring three times from the leadoff spot and adding his second stolen base of the season.
"It's one of the best game I've ever played in my life," Carrera told reporters. "I'm really happy."
The left-handed hitting Carrera entered the game 4-for-6 against Oakland starting pitcher Chris Bassitt and continued his mastery over the right-hander with three singles and a ground-rule double.
Before Saturday, the 28-year-old Carrera had a .196 batting average (27-for-138) out of the leadoff spot.
Saunders, who tops Toronto with a .321 average this season, had taken over the role recently from Pillar but is day to day with a sore hamstring.
The Jays on Friday reportedly signed veteran outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league deal, pending a physical, so that could be another potential obstacle for Carrera to stay in the lineup, but perhaps not should he maintain this pace at the plate and in the field.