WASHINGTON -- The Rockies' middle infield of DJ LeMahieu and sure-to-be All-Star Game starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki pulled off a Harlem Globetrotters routine in the bottom of the first inning against the Nationals on Wednesday night.
With the Nationals' Denard Span on first after a leadoff single, Anthony Rendon's hard grounder skipped off the mound behind pitcher Tyler Matzek and toward center field when a sliding LeMahieu made a backhanded grab, then flipped the ball to second without transferring it to his throwing hand.
There, Tulowitzki did it without his glove. He grabbed the ball in his bare hand while facing center field, pirouetted, then made a spot-on relay throw to first base.
The Rockies have struggled lately, having lost 13 of their last 15 games going into Wednesday, but when healthy, they have a strong defense. The play displayed the type of infield dazzle expected of Tulowitzki, a two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, and LeMahieu, who earned the Rockies' Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award based on statistical formulas last season.