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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

Articles tagged: web gems

Kevin Pillar climbs wall to rob Tim Beckham of home run (Video)

On Tuesday, Nolan Arenado presented a candidate for Major League Baseball’s catch of the season by making a spectacular grab down the third base line (watch it here). The following day, Kevin Pillar did his best to one up him.

In the top of the seventh inning of Toronto’s game against Tampa Bay, Rays second baseman Tim Beckham hit a drive to left field that looked destined to sail over the wall for a home run. Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar had other ideas. Pillar raced towards the wall and planted his right foot into it, elevating himself high enough to reach up and pull the ball back into the yard.

Taking a home run is always an impressive feat. However, the height of the outfield walls at Rogers Centre can make them seem even more impressive. Well done, indeed, by Pillar.


Nolan Arenado makes spectacular catch, runs into tarp (Video)

Nolan Arenado has won two Gold Gloves playing third base for the Colorado Rockies. After seeing the play he made on Tuesday night against the Giants, it’s easy to see why.

Arenado ran down a pop up by the left field line in the eighth inning and went full-steam ahead into the tarp Derek Jeter-style. Despite nearly killing himself by sacrificing his body on the play, his head was in the game enough to recover and throw to third for a potential double play. Even if he didn’t get the double play, that was still a studly play.

Well done, Arenado. That’s the kind of play that makes people never forget you.

Nolan Arenado

Lorenzo Cain, Adam Eaton trade web gems (Video)

Adam Eaton catchLorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton are two of the better defensive center fielders in baseball, and the two showcased their skills during Thursday’s White Sox-Royals game.

First it was Cain robbing Adam LaRoche of extra bases with a stellar catch that sent him crashing into the wall in the top of the second inning. The catch was so good pitcher Edinson Volquez had to tip his cap to his teammate. An inning later, he robbed Micah Johnson of a potential double with another nice catch at the wall.

Two innings later, Eaton nearly went Jim Edmonds to rob Mike Moustakas of a shot to center. This was a beauty:

Mike Moustakas makes incredible catch falling over railing (Video)

mike-moustakas-alcs-catchThe Kansas City Royals were among baseball’s better defensive teams during the regular season and have kept it up thus far during the playoffs. During game 3 of the ALCS, third baseman Mike Moustakas made a few nice plays, none better than this one.

Adam Jones hit a ball into foul territory that looked destined to land amongst the crowd down the third base line. Moustakas had other ideas. Reaching over the railing, he extended to make an incredible catch before tumbling over into the crowd.

I mean, wow.

The Royals have seen their share of web gems by teammates over the course of this season, but this one deserved a second look.

Here’s a view from another angle.

Hunter Pence makes great catch to rob Jayson Werth of extra bases

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With the San Francisco Giants holding on to a one-run lead in the sixth inning, Hunter Pence did his part to make sure Jayson Werth didn’t reach base with a great catch during game four of the NLDS.

hunter-pence-nlds-catchOff the bat, it looked for sure Werth was going to have himself atleast a double. However, Pence had other ideas as he raced back to make a leaping grab, crashing into the right field wall afterwards.

Bryce Harper launched a solo home run into McCovey during the seventh inning to tie the score. If not for Pence’s effort, the game may have been tied prior to that.

Steven Souza makes incredible catch for final out of Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter (Video)

In his final start of the regular season, Jordan Zimmermann was brilliant. However, he wasn’t the only member of the Washington Nationals who impressed on the afternoon.

steven-souza-diving-catchWith two outs in the top of the ninth, Christian Yelich hit a pitch by Zimmermann to the gap in left-center that looked like a sure extra-base hit. Playing in only his fourth game in left field for Washington, Steven Souza tracked down the ball and left his feet to make an incredible diving catch to record the final out of the game and give Jordan Zimmermann the first no-hitter in Nationals history.

Zimmermann struck out 10 and walked one on the way to the victory. He needed just 104 pitches to retire the 28 batters he faced.

What a way to end a game. What a way to end a regular season for the team whose 96 wins are most in the National League. Bryce Harper agrees.

Adam Jones robs home run with great catch, turns double play (Video)

Adam Jones came through with a serious web gem on Monday night to ensure the Tampa Bay Rays would not make a comeback on his Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore hit five home runs in a 9-1 win — including back-to-back-to-back homers in the fifth — and Jones kept up the momentum on defense. The center fielder went far over the fence to rob Evan Longoria of what would have been a 3-run homer in the sixth.

Adam Jones Orioles

As if that weren’t already enough, he alertly threw into second base to get Matt Joyce, who was trying to tag up and advance from first.

It’s amazing what Jones can do in the field when he’s not trying to blow bubbles with his gum.

Edinson Volquez made an incredible no-look grab to snag ground ball (Video)

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. That’s the best way to describe the play made by Edinson Volquez’s during the first inning of Tuesday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers.

edinson-volquez-no-look-grabWith runners on first and third, Victor Martinez hit a shot back up the middle that looked destined to get past Volquez. That is, until the Pirates pitcher waved his left arm behind him. Not only did the ball find its way into Volquez’s glove, he had the presence of mind to get Ian Kinsler caught between third base and home plate.

Despite appearing to experience discomfort afterward, Edinson Volquez remained in the game to toss six innings and pick up his tenth victory of the season. He also probably guaranteed himself a spot in SportsCenter’s Top 10.

Ezequiel Carrera makes incredible diving catch to rob Jacoby Ellsbury (Video)

Coming into Monday, you may not have been familiar with Ezequiel Carrera, unless you’re a Detroit Tigers fan.

Making his first start of the season, the 27-year-old made sure we know his name by making an incredible catch in the bottom of the third inning.

ezequiel-carrera-diving-catchJacoby Ellsbury, and probably most of Yankee Stadium, surely thought he found the gap after driving a Max Scherzer pitch to deep center field. That is, until Carrera tracked the ball down, went airborne, and extended to make the catch.

I think Derek Jeter’s reaction pretty accurately sums it up.

With Austin Jackson now patrolling center field for the Seattle Mariners after being part of the David Price trade, Carrera will be vying for playing time with Rajai Davis. Not a bad way to state your case for more starts in the near future.

Manny Machado makes ridiculous throw to get Albert Pujols (Video)

Manny Machado has done it again.

A little over a year after the young third baseman went Brooks Robinson and made a throw from deep into foul territory to get a putout at first against the Yankees, he nearly repeated the feat.

Machado robbed Albert Pujols of a hit with a great backhanded stop, and then he threw across the diamond from at least 10 feet into foul territory to get the out in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday. Look at where he was when he made the throw:

Manny Machado throw

This kid is a defensive stud. It’s always nice to have a shortstop playing third, isn’t it?