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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arkansas first baseman Jared Gates went all-out on a diving catch in Tuesday’s Game 1 of the College World Series against Oregon State.
The Beavers’ Zak Taylor was batting with one out in the bottom of the fifth and his team down 4-1. Taylor popped a ball up down the first base line, and Gates chased it down with a diving catch.
ESPN, which was televising the game, immediately marked it down as an “SC Top 10” contender.
The catch was a big one; the Beavers rallied with two straight hits after that. Had Taylor reached base in his at-bat, Oregon State might have put a run on the board.
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.
Albert Almora robbed a home run during Wednesday’s Chicago Cubs-Atlanta Braves game, and he made it look incredibly easy.
Braves catcher Tyler Flowers led off the bottom of the second with a ball to deep center. Almora went running back at full speed and climbed the wall to make the catch without breaking stride.
The ball looked like it was heading out of the park in Atlanta. According to Bleacher Nation, that type of drive off the bat has a 95 percent hit probability. But on this day, with Almora in center, it became part of the five percent.
Tyler Wade just about had his first career home run, but Carlos Gomez stood in the way.
Gomez robbed Wade of a homer in the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays game. He timed his jump perfectly to snag a ball that appeared to be heading over the wall.
Not only was it a great play by Gomez, but it was clutch too. It came with the score tied at four and prevented the Yankees from taking a lead in the game.