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Hannahan's play marks banner night for gloves

Hannahan's play marks banner night for gloves

Hannahan's play marks banner night for gloves
CLEVELAND -- Jack Hannahan saw the bat coming at him, but he didn't care. He was too focused on the ball.

Part of Chris Heisey's splintered bat bounced toward Hannahan at third in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's 3-2 win over the Reds, and bruised his right shin. But Hannahan still managed to field Heisey's ground ball and record an out at second on the play.

"Usually when there's a broken bat coming at you," Hannahan said, "one or the other will get there before, so you have time to get out of the way and get the ball, or get the ball and get out of the way. That was the first time I've really seen the bat and ball get to me at the same time.

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"I saw them both coming, and I was just anchored in and really focused on the ball."

Hannahan knows his injury could have been much worse, but he said he didn't think about the potential harm of the bat. He just wanted to get an out and give his team a chance to win in the bottom of the 10th.

"He fielded that ball like that bat wasn't coming," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "I know that a lot of people would've probably lost their concentration and probably run away from that bat."

Hannahan's play was the best of a number of exceptional defensive plays for the Indians in their walk-off win. Center fielder Michael Brantley made a leaping catch at the wall in left-center field to rob Ryan Ludwick of extra bases, and first baseman Casey Kotchman leaned into the stands to catch a foul ball, avoiding the glove of a fan in the process.

With an offense that struggled to get anything going until late, the Indians -- as they often do -- relied on pitching and defense to keep them close.

"That's something that got us where we're at right now, hanging in there," Acta said. "We worked hard trying to put a good defensive team on the field, and it has really helped us."

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