By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Greenville native Lorenzo Cain made headlines this week on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays with a leaping catch in a game versus the Los Angeles Angels. Cain, who plays center field for the Kansas City Royals, is one (series) win away from playing in the World Series. If the Royals can defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series that begins Friday, their ticket will be punched to play in the World Series. This season, the Royals went 89-73 in the regular season and currently touts a 4-0 perfect record in postseason play. On Sept. 30 in a wild-card game versus the Oakland Athletics, the Royals came back from a 7-3 deficit in the eighth inning to win the game 9-8. To keep their postseason dreams alive, the Royals swept the Los Angeles Angels last week in a three-game series, beating them 3-2, 4-1 and 8-3, respectively. During the series against the Angels, Cain made two catches that made ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the weekend. According to ESPN stats and information, Cain’s two diving catches in center field were the latest in a run of terrific plays this postseason for the Royals. Cain’s play wasn’t that surprising to those who have seen him every day. He ranked fifth in the major leagues with 25 defensive runs saved. The Royals’ outfield led the major leagues in defensive runs saved this season. The Royals is scheduled to play the Orioles seven times between Oct. 10-18. The last time these two teams met earlier this year, the Royals went 2-2.