The Tampa Bay Rays had a position player pitch on Monday while losing to the Oakland A’s, and the result was an incredible defensive highlight.
The A’s got out to a 9-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning against the Rays. The score was 9-1 in the eighth when the Rays decided to throw up the white flag.
Tampa Bay had utility man Brett Phillips pitch, and he actually faced just three batters in the eighth thanks to a double play. Phillips returned to pitch the ninth down 9-2.
Phillips walked the leadoff batter in the ninth, then got a flyout, and then he gave us a web gem. He got Seth Brown to pop up a ball down the third base line and gave chase, making a spectacular sliding catch to get Brown out.
You have to love the hustle from Phillips on the play, especially his perfectly-timed slide.
Sure, Phillips may have surrendered a grand slam to Sheldon Neuse a few batters later, but that was quite a defensive play.
Phillips is carrying an 18.00 ERA this season, but he’s really just there to make great plays and make people laugh. Phillips also typically plays the outfield the rest of the time, which explains his deftness in the field.
Enrique Hernandez made a sweet barehanded play on Friday night at a time when the stakes are extremely high for his team.
The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals were scoreless in the bottom of the fourth and the Nats had the bases loaded with two outs. Andrew Stevenson was at the plate for the Nats and hit a slow chopper towards second, just past the pitcher.
Hernandez was at second and knew he needed to get rid of the ball quickly in order to get the speedy Stevenson out at first. So Hernandez barehanded the ball over to first. He was moving so quickly that he fell forward afterwards.
Eloy Jimenez sacrificed his body for a great catch on Tuesday night.
David Fletcher was batting with two outs and the bases empty in the top of the third inning for the Los Angeles Angels against the Chicago White Sox. Fletcher smoked a line drive to left, but Jimenez played the ball perfectly. He timed his jump and made a great catch against the fence for the final out.
Billy Hamilton made a ridiculous catch to end his Chicago White Sox’s 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Hamilton entered the game at Target Field as a defensive replacement in the eighth. He struck out in the top of the ninth, but made this great catch in muddy conditions for the final out in the bottom of the inning. Take a look at this great grab:
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! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.