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.
Byron Buxton made his mark on Tuesday’s American League wild-card game with an incredible leaping catch to rob Todd Frazier of extra bases.
During the bottom of the second inning, with the game tied 3-3, Frazier hit a fly ball to center field that sent Buxton back towards the wall. A few steps shy of the wall, Buxton left his feet to make a great catch prior to crashing into the wall and falling down on the warning track. Take a look below.
Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton deserves the save after making a remarkable catch to close out the Milwaukee Brewers’ 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
With the Brewers clinging to a 6-5 lead with two outs in the ninth, St. Louis’s Randal Grichuk hit a deep fly ball to center. It was headed over the fence to give the Cardinals a 7-6 lead — and then Broxton happened.
That’s as good a catch as you’ll ever see in that situation. It’s even moreso with the Brewers locked in a playoff race and in need of every win they can get. It may not be the best catch of the season, but it may be the best to happen at such an important point in a game.
Jackson went so high over the short fence that he flipped over into the bullpen.
The fans at Fenway appreciated the catch that robbed one of their players so much that they applauded Jackson when he came to the plate in the top of the sixth inning. Plays like that can sometimes supersede rivalries between teams.
That catch helped keep Stroman’s shutout intact and allowed him to leave the game up 4-0 against the Indians.
Pillar remains one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. On top of that, he’s also batting over .300 with some good pop this season as he entered Monday’s game with a .500 slugging percentage.
Andrew Benintendi made a spectacular catch on Monday to rob Steven Souza Jr. of what would have been a two-run home run.
Souza Jr. smashed a ball off David Price in the eighth inning with a runner on in a 3-0 game. The blast would have made it a one-run game, but Benintendi’s catch helped keep the Red Sox up 3-0 over the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I think that’s the best catch I’ve made. I’ve never really had the opportunity to do that,” Benintendi said after the game. “I knew that it was going to go out. I was just trying to time it and I was fortunate enough to finish with it.”