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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flowers' shot was barreled and had a 95% hit probability.