If you are a Washington Nationals fan and do not already love Trea Turner, its time to jump on the bandwagon.
Against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night, the 24-year-old was able to display his baseball IQ during an awkward situation while the running bases. This of course being on top of his two-run RBI single that won the game for the Nationals in the sixth, just before this play sequence.
With Turner on first, pinch hitter Rafael Bautista was just ahead of him on second with one out. Wilmer Difo grounded the ball straight to the shortstop. An easy double play? Not so fast.
During the hit Bautista thought it would be best to return to the safety of second with his force-out having to be at third. As Turner is charging to second, the Phillies second baseman, Cesar Hernandez tags the bag, giving the force out to to Turner, opening second base to Bautista once again. Hernandez would go tag Turner, in a move that meant nothing, and retreat to the dugout thinking he got two outs.
Trea Turner with a truly brilliant bit of directing base traffic. Saves 2 runners and the inning. pic.twitter.com/Tqsffk2v5P— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) September 8, 2017
After Hernandez left the play, Turner motions to Bautista, who was also retreating to the Nationals' dugout, to get back on the bag because he was not out.
Although the Nationals would not go to do anything after Turner's brains extended the half inning, we are reminded of the brilliance of the young player.