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Video: Marlon Byrd’s catch helped preserve that no-hitter

Sep 2, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

A bit lost in the shuffle of yesterday’s no-hitter by the Phillies is that it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for a really sweet catch by Marlon Byrd in the third inning. A catch that not only saved the no-no, but prevented a couple of runs from scoring too. Watch:

Byrd is not known for his defense at this point of his career, but that was a nice grab there. Especially given how much trouble Hamels was working through in the first couple of innings.

  1. Ren Ignatiago - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Still remembered Gregor Blanco’s grab to preserve Matt Cain’s perfect game intact back in 2012. Nothin can ever top that one for a long time.

    • miguelcairo - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Dwayne Wise’s HR robbery late in Mark Buehrle’s perfecto is up there.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Lest anyone forget. July 23, 2009. Buehrle had retired the first 24. Gabe Kapler leads off the 9th and sends a long fly more than a foot over the wall in left center. DeWayne Wise, just into the game in CF in the 9th, races, leaps, reaches up and snares the ball. Falling back to Earth, the ball slips loose and he barehands it.
        Someone someday may kind of match that for athleticism, timing and drama, but top it?

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    He flew through to air like a bird to make that catch.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      The Byrd is the Word.

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Byrd has been one of the many few bright spots for the team this season. While part of me wished they had traded him for something of value at the deadline, in hindsight there are no clearcut replacements in the system or next years FA class. Glad he’ll be around for 2015.

  4. klink6224 - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    He may not be known for his defense, but he is by far the best defensive outfielder the Phillies have. Which is the saddest commentary you can have. Dom Brown and Ben Revere are just dreadful.

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