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Play of the Day: Carlos Gomez robs Jay Bruce’s three-run home run

Sep 15, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez already has one of the three NL Gold Gloves for outfielders locked up, but he decided to pad his resume in case anyone was still on the fence about his defensive prowess. With two runners on base with two outs and the game tied 5-5 in the ninth inning, Jay Bruce crushed a Jim Henderson slider to dead center. Gomez ranged back, slowed down on the warning track, then timed his leap to grab the descending baseball before it could clear the fence. Gomez saved three runs and gave his team the opportunity to go into the bottom of the ninth to win. They did, as Sean Halton hit a one-out, solo home run to center off of Reds reliever Zach Duke for the walk-off, 6-5 victory.

  1. Stiller43 - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Is it just me, or did it look like the ball wasnt going over anyway?

    When he catches the ball, his arm goes back like 10 inches to the wall before he hits it…i think the ball woulda stayed in anyway. Still, helluva catch. Not easy

  2. David Proctor - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    and Nats fans everywhere rejoiced.

    • jm91rs - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Are Nats fans still thinking they have a shot at making the playoffs?

  3. crookedstick - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Good catch, but definitely not a home run saving catch.

  4. josemartez - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I don’t think it was leaving the yard. There’s a ton of plays like this each year but the trajectory of the ball most of the time isn’t clearing the fence. You need to see it from the side to truly see if the ball was indeed headed over the fence.

    That said, heckuva catch.

  5. natsattack - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    It was more exhaling than rejoicing, as the Brewers didn’t yet have the lead, but there would be no Chapman.

  6. hushbrother - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    He did the exact same thing against the Reds earlier this year. Robbed Joey Votto of a homer with 2 out in the 9th. Amazing.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Once again…thank you Carlos Gomez.

  8. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Deja vu.

  9. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Trivia question: If Carlos Gomez was the one making the play and Jay Bruce was the victim of said play, why is Joey Votto the one portrayed?

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