Speedster Elly De La Cruz Steals Second, Third, and Home in Same Inning, Propels Reds to Victory

Rookie sensation Elly De La Cruz etched his name in Cincinnati Reds’ history books with a stunning display of speed and base-running prowess. In a thrilling 8-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, De La Cruz became the first Reds player since 1919 to steal second, third, and home in the same inning, showcasing his electrifying talent.

The game was deadlocked at 5-5 in the seventh inning when De La Cruz stepped up to the plate against reliever Elvis Peguero. With two outs, De La Cruz delivered a clutch RBI single, breaking the tie and on a 1-1 count, he swiftly stole second base, leaving the Brewer’s defense stunned. In a bold move, De La Cruz then seized the opportunity to steal third base on the very next pitch, catching the rattled Peguero off-guard.

As Peguero retrieved the ball from catcher William Contreras, De La Cruz seized the moment, sprinting down the third base line and easily beating Peguero’s hurried throw to home plate. The rookie’s daring base-running left the crowd in awe as he jubilantly celebrated with his teammates, leaping towards the dugout in sheer excitement.

“I kept checking on him, checking on him to see if he was going to go back or if he was checking on me or anything like that,” De La Cruz said through a translator. “When I saw him walk back to the mound, he was at kind of at a slow pace. He didn’t look back over there at third, so I decided there to go.”

De La Cruz’s incredible feat makes him only the second player since the expansion era began in 1961 to steal three bases in a single plate appearance. The last time this happened was in 2020 when Miami’s Jon Berti achieved the remarkable feat. Furthermore, De La Cruz’s remarkable speed and quick thinking earned him praise from both managers and fans alike.

Elly De La Cruz
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The Reds, who have experienced a resurgence since De La Cruz’s promotion from the minors in June, extended their lead over the Brewers in the NL Central to two games. They now boast an impressive major league-leading 33 come-from-behind wins. Manager David Bell expressed his admiration for the rookie’s performance, highlighting his elite speed and remarkable awareness on the bases.

De La Cruz’s impact on the team has been undeniable, with 16 stolen bases in just 30 games and an impressive batting average of .328. His incredible display of speed and base-running skills has injected a new level of excitement into the Reds’ lineup.

The victory against the Brewers solidified the Reds’ position as serious contenders in the NL Central. They set a franchise record of 22 consecutive games with a home run, surpassing the 1956 Reds’ previous mark of 21 straight games.

The stage is set for De La Cruz to continue his incredible journey, leaving fans eager to witness his next remarkable feat on the baseball diamond.

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