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Kevin Pillar all of two games to come up with his first highlight-reel play of 2017.
Toronto’s starting center fielder, nicknamed Superman in some circles, made another one of his trademark plays by crashing into the center-field wall to take at least extra bases away from Baltimore’s Manny Machado during the third inning of Wednesday night’s game at Camden Yards.
According to Statcast™, Machado’s drive off Toronto lefty J.A. Happ was crushed at 111.1 mph and is a hit 86 percent of the time. Pillar had other ideas, and perhaps even more impressive than getting to the ball was that he managed to hang onto it after a violent collision with the wall.
Pillar remained on the ground for several seconds after the crash but eventually got up under his own power and ran off the field as his catch ended the inning.
The play immediately followed a solo homer by Adam Jones that had an exit velocity of 92.4 mph and is a hit just 26 percent of the time, according to Statcast™, but he still managed to knock it over the short porch in left.
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his . This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.