Cain shows he can play defense, too

Cain shows he can play defense, too

MILWAUKEE -- Rookie center fielder Lorenzo Cain has been "better than expected" defensively, manager Ken Macha said. Cain caught the eye of the opposing manager, too.

"This kid in center field is pretty special," Dodgers skipper Joe Torre said.

Both Macha and Torre were talking about Cain's throw home in the fifth inning of the Dodgers' win over the Brewers on Wednesday night. He ranged into right-center field for Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly, then somehow halted his momentum long enough to fire a perfect throw home that nearly beat Ryan Theriot to the plate.

"Oh, man, what a throw," Macha said. "His defense has been better than expected."

Macha didn't know Cain had such a strong arm. He had few chances to show it off in Spring Training games.

"It's pretty darn accurate, too," Macha said. "When you're running like he was running on that sacrifice fly, and then you put the brakes on and make a fairly accurate throw and get a close play ... I didn't even think he had a chance."