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Play of the Day: Josh Collmenter’s circus catch

May 19, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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In the bottom of the eighth inning with the Marlins leading 2-0, Diamondbacks reliever Josh Collmenter was trying to keep the deficit at two as he faced the top of the lineup. Adeiny Hechavarria decided to attempt to bunt the first pitch he saw, but popped it up. Catcher Miguel Montero and Collmenter converged on the ball about 30 feet up the third base line. Montero slid, trying to cradle the pop-up in his mitt, but it popped loose. With his right hand, Collmenter reflexively stabbed at the ball, popping it up once again to himself to corral it for the out.

While the circus act itself was noteworthy, the best part is the relieved smile from Montero.

  1. heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Way better than back to back jacks by unheralded no names against a nasty closer to win the game and a three game set.

    Keep sleeping on the home team, Billy. By all means.

    • Bill Baer - May 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/19/phillies-use-wacky-ninth-inning-to-defeat-aroldis-chapman-reds/

      • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/13/2013-preview-philadelphia-phillies/

        Read your last paragraph, like I said, keep sleeping on them.

      • Bill Baer - May 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Looks pretty accurate to me. Though I did miss on Hamels being good and Steven Lerud backing up Ruiz.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        Let me get this straight. You’ve waited approximately one quarter of the season to express indignation at a third-place prediction for a team currently sitting … in third place? Am I understanding all this correctly?

      • number42is1 - May 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        My favorite part of these is at the end of the season when they are in 3rd (or 4th) place Mr. Blue will 1) be nowhere to be found or 2) make an excuse as to how they got shafted and should have finished in 1st if only BLAH*. …

        *Blah = won more games than the other teams.

  2. heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    But not far off from the division lead.

    I’m an optimist, they are notoriously a second half squad, and they’re not supposed to be this close to the Braves and Nats at this point.

    If they hit the all star break within five games, they win the division. The Nats are overrated, the Braves are the walking wounded and will be all year.

    This Phillies squad, almost to a man, has something to prove. That guys Ike Frandsen and Galvis belong, Cliff Lee and Michael Young want to get a ring, Ryan Howard is worth his contract ( possible knee injury noted ) , and that the skipper wants a second title before he moves on.

    Like I said, I’m an optimist. Anti-negadelphia.

    Bill knows that term I’m sure.

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