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Play of the Day: Mike Morin catches a deflected pop-up for the out

Jul 6, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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This wasn’t quite in the Bob Boone/Pete Rose echelon of deflected pop-up catches, but Angels reliever Mike Morin made a good one nonetheless on Sunday afternoon against the Astros. With a runner on first base and two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Jonathan Singleton popped up a 3-1 fastball.

Catcher Hank Conger and first baseman C.J. Cron both came in to attempt to catch the ball a few feet in front of the pitchers mound, but they bumped into each other. The ball deflected off of Hank Conger’s mitt and a crouching Morin sprang to his side to make the catch before the ball hit the ground.

The Angels went on to win 6-1, polishing off a four-game series sweep of the Astros. At 51-36, the Angels have the second-best record in the American League. The best team happens to play in the AL West as well, however, as the Athletics lead by 3.5 games with a 55-33 record.

  1. scotttheskeptic - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Bill, thanks for clarifying. I saw many replays, but could not discern which glove it popped off.

  2. infieldhit - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Looked like Morin was doing a Spider-Man thing there.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Viewing alert: 31 second ad for 46 second clip
    It is a terrific reflexive catch.
    I also noted as many people on the field involved in the play as in the stands watching.

  4. andreweac - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    2nd best record in baseball.

  5. twinfan24 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    My all time favorite catch of a deflection was not off a glove, but a speaker. I don’t recall the year, but the batter popped up, every Twins player is just watching it go out of play, when you see Eddie Guardado sprint into foul ground and make a diving catch to end the inning. I don’t know how to embed the video, but a search for “Guardado diving catch” finds it easily.

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