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Play of the Day: Marcell Ozuna nails Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game

Jun 20, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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For all of the great Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig throws lately, we’ll likely be talking about the one Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna made to end Friday night’s game against the Mets. Closer Steve Cishek was in to preserve a one-run lead, but allowed a lead-off double to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Ruben Tejada moved him over to third base with a sacrifice bunt, putting the tying run at third base with one out.

All Chris Young had to do was hit a fly ball deep enough to the outfield to score Nieuwenhuis, and he appeared to do just that, sending a 3-2 slider up in the air to left field. Ozuna camped under the ball, then brought his momentum forward home plate as he made the catch. Ozuna fired a laser to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who applied the tag to Nieuwenhuis just before he could touch the plate, ending the game.

The best part? Ozuna had nailed a runner at the plate the inning prior, as well. Both throws:

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