Jul 22, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT
Making just his fifth career start in center field, Jason Heyward robbed the Mets of a potential walk-off victory this evening at Citi Field.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Justin Turner hit a ball off Craig Kimbrel which appeared destined to fall in the left-center field gap. However, Heyward got on his horse to make an all-out diving catch to secure a 2-1 victory. Check out the video here.
Heyward missed the previous six games with a hamstring strain, but it looks like he’s doing just fine. Per Mark Bowman of MLB.com, here’s how Heyward explained his decision on the do-or-die play:
Heyward on decision to dive: "If I try to play it on the hop, it probably gets by me. So the safe way there was probably not the best."—
Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 23, 2013
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