Tony Campana Takes a Dive

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Tony Campana Takes a Dive

May 22, 2012 – Houston, TX

Chicago Cub Tony Campana’s eyes were faster than his feet but a last-second dive over the glove of Houston Astros third baseman Matt Downs was faster than the tag, giving him two stolen bases in one dash.

Astros pitcher Wilton Lopez tried to pick off Campana, pinch running for Reed Johnson in the 8th inning, but the low throw got away from first baseman Carlos Lee. Campana never hesitated as he rounded second and it was obvious the throw was going to beat him to third base by 30 feet.

As Campana approached the bag, he dove over Downs’s glove just as the ball landed in it. The lunge took Campana past the base and now it became a race to third base. Campana slapped his hand on the bag before Downs could slap the tag on him, with the umpire signalling a clear “safe”.

Regrettably, the Cubs could not capitalize on the man on third and one out as the next two batters struck out sending Chicago to its eight straight loss, the final score 2-1.

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