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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

Watch: Randal Grichuk robs Astros of tying home run

Randal Grichuk

Randal Grichuk made what might be the catch of the year in MLB given the circumstances of his grab.

Grichuk’s Toronto Blue Jays were up 6-3 on the Houston Astros Monday night, but their pitching was in trouble. The first two batters in the bottom of the ninth had reached base, bringing up George Springer. Springer launched a ball to right that looked like it was going to be a game-tying 3-run home run, but Grichuk leaped at the wall to rob him.

Grichuk also clubbed a monster 2-run home run to make it 6-3, so between his big hit and the catch, he was clearly the game’s MVP. Jays manager John Gibbons also deserves some recognition for his defensive substitutions before the bottom of the ninth. He inserted Kevin Pillar in center and moved Grichuk to right, removing Curtis Granderson from the game. The change paid off in a big way.

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