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Jason Heyward made a game-saving catch against the Mets

Jul 22, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

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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:

 

  1. nysportsrule - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Sometimes you gotta just tip your cap and say “well done.”

  2. Stiller43 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    *cues jim carrey from liar liar*

    Ive seen better.

  3. rmcd13 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    I usually hate when outfielders leave their feet because the result is often extra bases for the offense, but if Hayward doesn’t cut that ball off it’s likely that two runs score and the Braves lose. Fantastic play by Howard!

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    that was an amazing catch! wow!

  5. moonlandingwasfaked - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    This is so Mets

  6. scdocal - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    We all have seen better doesn’t make it not an awesome play. It’s the game winning catch that makes it so special. Way to come off the injury block and make a huge impact JHey. Unbelievable play

  7. jayscarpa - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Good backing up by the joyous left fielder

  8. hojo20 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    A TON of empty seats at Citi Field

    • spudchukar - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      It had been raining, and pretty steadily for the past few innings.

  9. misterj167 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Nobody tell Mark Judge

  10. misterj167 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Also considering how many great defensive plays that cost the Braves runs in this game and a win against the White Sox, it was nice to see it happen for us.

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