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Watch: Lorenzo Cain robs home run to seal Opening Day win

Lorenzo Cain

The Milwaukee Brewers won their Opening Day game against the St Louis Cardinals on Thursday thanks to some magic from Lorenzo Cain.

Cain robbed a home run for the final out of the game to give the Brewers a 5-4 win at home. Take a look:

Jose Martinez came in to pinch hit and drove a Josh Hader pitch to deep right-center field that looked like it would go for extra bases if not be a home run out of the park. But Cain ended the game with a spectacular grab.

Milwaukee got home runs from Mike Moustakas, reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, and even pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in the win. Cain went 1-for-4 at the plate and scored a run in addition to his great grab.

Watch: Andrew Benintendi does Air Jordan pose on great catch

Andrew Benintendi catch

Andrew Benintendi robbed Brian Dozier of a hit during Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, and he struck a great pose in the process.

Dozier led off the top of the fifth inning by driving a ball to left field off Boston Red Sox starter David Price. Benintendi sprinted to his right and leaped to make a spectacular catch in front of the Green Monster.

Benintendi caught air on the catch and looked like the Air Jordan “Jumpman” logo.

We’ve seen some great poses struck in sports photos recently, but this is one of our favorites.

Twitter reacts to Cody Bellinger’s airplane gliding catch

Cody Bellinger dive

Cody Bellinger robbed Lorenzo Cain of a hit in the top of the 10th inning during Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, and the Twitter reactions were spectacular.

Cain led off the top of the 10th with a flare into right-center field off Kenley Jansen that looked like it would fall for a hit. Bellinger came flying in out of nowhere to make a diving catch and went gliding across the grass afterwards. Take a look:

The Twitter reactions and captions were strong:

Not bad for a guy who has hardly played right field this season for the Dodgers. Not bad at all.

Watch: Tony Kemp robs Red Sox with spectacular catch against wall

Tony Kemp catch

Houston Astros left fielder Tony Kemp robbed Steve Pearce of extra bases with a spectacular catch against the wall in left field during Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

Pearce was up with runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the third inning and took a 2-2 pitch from Dallas Keuchel deep to left. Kemp went back and made a leaping catch against the wall:

Kemp banged against the scoreboard as he made the catch, which caused some confusion. Boston thought that the ball had hit the wall first before going into Kemp’s glove, which would have erased the out and made it a live ball. They challenged the play and lost as the catch call was upheld.

Kemp’s catch helped keep the game close at 2-1 in favor of Boston.

Watch: Cubs CF Albert Almora makes sweet catch against wall

Albert Almora catch

Albert Almora made a sweet catch in the top of the second inning of Tuesday’s NL Wild Card Game to rob the Colorado Rockies of extra bases.

David Dahl was batting with one out in the second and sent a ball deep to center off Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester. Almora tracked the ball and made a leaping catch against the wall:

As if that weren’t enough, Almora also singled to lead off the bottom half of the inning, giving the Cubs their second hit of the game.

Watch: Addison Russell makes awesome play to rob Ryan Braun

Addison Russell defense

Addison Russell made a spectacular play to rob Ryan Braun of a hit on Tuesday night.

Braun was batting with one out in the top of the 9th inning with his Milwaukee Brewers trailing the Chicago Cubs 3-0. Braun hit a smash to shortstop, but Russell went into the hole and snagged the ball with his backhand on the grass and made the throw across the diamond to barely get Braun.

Oh, and did we mention that Russell entered the game in the 9th as a defensive replacement? He made Joe Maddon look like a genius with that special play.

The Cubs won 3-0 to push their lead over Milwaukee in the Central to two games.

Watch: Kenley Jansen makes behind-the-back double play to end game

Kenley Jansen play

Kenley Jansen had yet another shaky outing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he helped himself escape a jam with a spectacular play.

Jansen entered Tuesday’s 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers with an 8-2 lead in the ninth. He allowed a single and walk before striking out Joey Gallo, and then two more singles brought in two to make it 8-4. The Rangers looked like they were going to keep the rally going with runners on first and second and only one out when Shin-Soo Choo hit a broken bat ball up the middle.

Jansen snagged it behind the back and went to second to get the force out and start a double play:

The shaky appearance won’t exactly inspire confidence from Dave Roberts in Jansen, but that was one awesome play. They may need to give him some more time off to get it together.

Watch: Oakland’s Ramon Laureano makes unreal double play

Ramon Laureano

Ramon Laureano is wasting little time in making himself known.

The Oakland A’s rookie had a walk-off for his first career hit in a 1-0 win on Aug. 3. On Saturday night, he gave us one of the finest defensive plays of the season.

Laureano tracked down a ball deep in the left-center gap for an out and then fired a 321-foot throw to first to double up Eric Young Jr. to end the third inning.

What a play. Part of that may have been poor baserunning by Young considering he was well past second base, but who would have not only expected Laureano to make the catch, but to also make the unreal throw all the way to first to double up Young? He hit the first baseman in the chest on a fly from just in front of the warning track! Goodness.

Seeing an A’s outfielder make a throw like that against the Angels will remind a lot of fans about another former A’s outfielder.

Watch: White Sox’s Adam Engel robs home run with great catch

Adam Engel catch

Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Engel made a great catch to rob Greg Bird of a home run during Monday night’s game against the New York Yankees.

Bird was batting with runners on first and second and one out in the top of the fourth when he blasted a ball to center. Engel took his time going back and measured his leap, which was timed perfectly. He reached above the wall and made a catch to rob Bird of a 3-run home run.

Engel drew cheers from the home fans and applause from his teammates, who all appreciated his spectacular grab. Engel even waved his cap to the fans as his way of taking a bow for the great play.

Watch: Billy Hamilton robs home run with awesome catch

Billy Hamilton catch

Billy Hamilton made yet another gem in the field, and he saved a run in the process.

Hamilton robbed Matt Carpenter of a home run for the last out in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. He went back to the track for a fly ball and perfectly timed his jump as he climbed and maneuvered his way up the wall for the grab.

The catch helped keep the score at 8-1, which was the final for Cincinnati. Hamilton also went 1-for-5 at the plate.

Hamilton is known for his blazing speed, which has helped him make some stellar catches in the field. Here are two of our other favorite catches he’s made.