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Video: Mike Tauchman makes incredible catch to rob Albert Pujols of game-winning home run

Mike Tauchman catch

Mike Tauchman robbed Albert Pujols of what would have been a game-winning home run on Friday night with an absolutely spectacular catch.

Buster Posey clubbed a 3-run home run in the top of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie and put the San Francisco Giants up 5-2 late in the game. But Austin Barnes responded with a pinch-hit 3-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie it at five.

As if Dodgers fans weren’t pumped enough, it looked like Albert Pujols was following with a back-to-back home run to win it. But then Tauchman got in the way with a great catch.

What a play. Dodgers fans were sure the game was over. Pujols even began to pimp the homer. But Tauchman got in the way.

The Giants took advantage of the second chance and scored three in the top of the 10th inning to win the game 8-5.

Video: Jackie Bradley Jr. makes great catch to rob home run

Jackie Bradley Jr catch

Jackie Bradley Jr. was at it again on Saturday night with some great defense.

The Milwaukee Brewers center fielder robbed a home run from Ozzie Albies in the top of the seventh inning. Look at how high up Bradley went for this ball:

What a play! That ball looked like it was going to be a homer for sure, but Bradley went high up the wall at Miller Park to rob it.

Bradley, 31, is in his first season with the Brewers after spending his entire career with the Red Sox. He is struggling at the plate, but doing what we’re used to seeing from him in the field. This catch was very similar to one we saw from him a few years ago.

Video: Mookie Betts makes unreal diving catch to end game

Mookie Betts catch

Mookie Betts made a spectacular diving catch to seal the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night at Petco Park.

The Padres had runners on second and third with two outs. Tommy Pham was facing Victor Gonzalez and had an 0-1 count. He hit a line drive to the right-center gap, but Betts swooped in and made a diving catch.

That was one heck of a play, but it was even better given the stakes. If that ball drops in, the game is at least tied, and the Padres are in good position to win it. Instead, Betts gambled with his dive and ended the game with the catch.

What a play!

For the second night in a row, the Dodgers ripped the hearts out of the Padres. And Clayton Kershaw has to be feeling especially good after his exchange in the fourth inning.

Tag savant Javy Baez appreciated this softball player’s great tag

Javy Baez

Javy Baez is known for his amazing skills with tagging out players on the bases, and he appreciated a great tag applied by a softball player recently.

Florida State beat Memphis 3-2 on Saturday. The Tigers had runner Sam Ibison on first in the top of the third inning. She attempted to steal second and the throw went in high. FSU shortstop Josie Muffley jumped to make the catch then reached down to tag Ibison between her legs in an amazing show of athleticism.

Though Muffley applied the tag before Ibison reached the bag, Ibison actually was ruled safe. That didn’t stop the play from going viral or earning recognition from Baez.

How does that play compare to this no-look tag from Baez? Both were awesome.

Photo: Arturo Pardavila III/Flickr via cc-by-sa 2.0

Video: Mookie Betts robs Marcell Ozuna with great catch against wall

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts made a great catch to rob Marcell Ozuna of extra bases in Game 6 of the NLCS at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Saturday.

The Atlanta Braves were down 3-0 and had a runner on with two outs in the top of the fifth inning against Walker Buehler. Ozuna hit a breaking ball deep to right field. Betts drifted back and timed his leap perfectly to rob Ozuna of a big hit.

What a catch.

The Dodgers have been doing this throughout the postseason. Cody Bellinger in particular has been great with robbing home runs, highlighted by his catch against Fernando Tatis Jr. This time it was Betts making the catch to help keep the Braves off the board.

The Braves entered Game 6 with a 3-2 series lead.

Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of home run with amazing catch

Cody Bellinger catch

Cody Bellinger did it all for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of the NLDS at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday night.

Not only did Bellinger hit a solo home run in the fourth to extend his Dodgers’ lead to 4-1 in the game, but he also made a spectacular catch.

Fernando Tatis Jr. was batting in the top of the seventh inning with a runner on second and two outs. His team was down 4-3, and Tatis Jr. lifted a ball to dead center. The ball looked sure to sail out of the park for the go-ahead home run, but Bellinger had other ideas.

What a catch!

By our count, Bellinger was worth about three runs in the game. He hit the home run and saved two runs with that catch.

The Padres trailed 1-0 in the series entering the game, and catches like that won’t help.

Video: Orioles’ Anthony Santander robs Xander Bogaerts of homer

Xander Bogaerts nearly had his first home run of the 2020 season on Sunday, but Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander had other plans.

Bogaerts hit an opposite-field fly ball in the bottom of the 4th inning that looked like it had a chance to leave the ballpark near Pesky’s Pole, which is the shortest part of Fenway Park. Santander reached into the front row of the empty stands and pulled it back.

Santander made that outstanding play after hitting a two-run homer to give the Orioles a 6-1 lead in the top of the inning, so he made his presence felt both in the field and at the plate.

If the Red Sox decide to go the cardboard cutout route in the future, they may need Santander to protect the cutouts from some of the punishment they have taken in other ballparks.

Watch: Michael Brantley starts massive double play with diving catch in Game 6

Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley may have made the play of the ALCS to end the top of the seventh inning of Game 6 on Saturday night.

The New York Yankees had a man on and one out in the inning, trailing by two runs and trying to rally to force Game 7. Outfielder Aaron Hicks hit a flare to short left field that looked like it was going to drop until Brantley charged in and made a spectacular diving catch.

Not only did he make an incredible grab, but Brantley had the awareness to get up quickly and throw a strike to first to double off Aaron Judge and end the inning.

Had the ball fallen, the Yankees would have had at least two on with one out and the go-ahead run coming to the plate. It’s not a stretch to say that it may prove a series-saving play.

The Yankees simply haven’t been getting the breaks in Game 6. They have six outs to try to score at least twice and save their season.

Watch: Ryan Zimmerman robs Tommy Edman to preserve no-hitter

Ryan Zimmerman catch

Anibal Sanchez wasn’t able to complete a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday night, but Ryan Zimmerman did his best to help the effort.

Cardinals infielder Tommy Edman led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a line drive towards first. Zimmerman made an incredible diving catch to retire Edman:

What a play!

After seeing that effort from Zimmerman, one might figure it was the Washington Nationals’ night and that Sanchez would be able to complete it. Two batters later, though, outfielder Jose Martinez delivered a pinch-hit single for the Cardinals’ first hit of the night.

The Nats removed Sanchez from the game after that hit. He had thrown 103 pitches and allowed just the one hit and no runs, exiting with a 2-0 lead.

Watch: Nolan Arenado makes stunning defensive play

Nolan Arenado reminded fans on Monday night why he’s considered one of the best defensive players in the league.

The Colorado Rockies third baseman made a stunning defensive play against the Chicago Cubs using a slick backhanded glove flip. His former teammate, Carlos Gonzalez, was on first with nobody out in the top of the second, and Victor Caratini was at the plate. The shift was on and Caratini hit a chopper towards shallow shortstop. Arenado ranged to his left, snagged the ball with his backhand, and did a flip for the force out at second.

That type of backhanded glove flip is extremely difficult to execute, but he did it. That was a pretty move.

Arenado has won a Gold Glove all six of his MLB seasons. He’s also been an All-Star four straight years, led the league in homers three times, RBIs twice, and has finished top-5 in MVP voting three years in a row. He’s a complete player, which is why the Rockies gave him a massive contract extension.