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Plays of the Day: Roger Bernadina makes a pair of nifty grabs in Phillies victory

Aug 25, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

Roger Bernadina AP

Roger Bernadina was very supportive of his pitching staff today, making a pair of impressive catches to help keep the Diamondback offense at bay. The athleticism is made all the more impressive considering that this afternoon’s game started just 11 hours after last night’s knock-down, drag-out, 18-inning affair ended.

The first great grab occurred In the third inning. The Phillies were leading 4-2, but the Diamondbacks were trying to mount a two-out rally with a runner on first base. Matt Davidson smoked a Roy Halladay fastball to straightaway center. Bernadina turned his back and tracked the ball just to the side of the 401 foot marker before leaping and snagging the ball before it could touch down beyond the fence.

The second grab came in the seventh. The Phillies had strengthened their lead to 9-2 and the Diamondbacks were running out of time. With the bases empty and one out, Tuffy Gosewich hit a Cesar Jimenez change-up to shallow left-center. Left fielder Darin Ruf, not exactly the most fleet of foot, had no shot at it and it looked as if it was going to be a lucky hit for the catcher. Bernadina laid out and snagged the ball inches above the grass, recording the second out.

On offense, Bernadina finished the day with a hit and two runs batted in.

Bernadina was released by the Nationals on August 19. On the 21st, the Phillies announced they had signed the outfielder to a Major League contract. Though he hasn’t hit much, he has filled the team’s pressing need for a capable center fielder. Since Ben Revere went on the disabled list with a broken ankle, the Phillies have mostly relied on John Mayberry in center, but have also tried Michael Martinez and Casper Wells without much success.

  1. greymares - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    ok nice but aren’t these plays a major league centerfielder should make ?

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Spoiled a bit are we? These were both GREAT plays in terms of range, routes taken to the balls, timing, everything. These are plays that good-to-great major league centerfielders could make: there is no “should” about these.

      • greymares - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        No not spoiled at all ” GREAT ” c’mon, evidently your one of the people that are helping todays primo-donna athletes feel entitled. any good high school outfielder SHOULD MAKE THOSE PLAYS.

    • dcal4282 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      greymares, you missed the section where we have been dealing with John Mayberry, Jr, Casper Wells and Michael Martinez in CF since Revere went on the DL. So it’s nice to have an actual centerfielder on the active roster again, since the 3 mentioned above SUCK

  2. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Would love to see him get a legit chance

    • pdowdy83 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Hate to break it to you but he is 29 and has over 1300 plate appearances in his career. He got a legit chance for several seasons in Washington and just ccouldn’t put it all together. He is a frustrating guy to watch because he is an incredible athelete and does things like those catches sometimes but then he has some real concentration lapses that make you smack your forehead.

      Best of luck to him but I think he has shown what he is. A 4th outfielder.

  3. hova84 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Love the guy as a player, just hate that he’s been on two division rivals

  4. mungman69 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    They were plays that not everyone makes.

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