Angels pitcher turns botched play into amazing grab


Angels relief pitcher Mike Morin, right, dives to catch a ball hit by the Houston Astros’ Jon Singleton after catcher Hank Conger, second from right, collided with first baseman C.J. Cron, left, as third baseman John McDonald looks on during the eighth inning. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

Things have been going pretty well for the Angels of late. On Sunday they improved to 21-3 in their past 24 home games, got to 15 games over .500 for the first time since 2012, and they swept a four-game series at home for the first time since July 2011.

In fact, things are going so well for the Angels that they are even turning potentially embarrassing gaffes into fantastic catches. In this case, catcher Hank Conger was backing up to field a popup while first baseman C.J. Cron was coming in, looking to do the same thing. They collided, and the ball bounced away from both players. However, relief pitcher Mike Morin alertly dove to his left and got a glove underneath the ball before it hit the ground.


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Here is the play in its entirety:

Here is what Conger told the press later:

“When it first went up into that tough sky, I just kept drifting and started creeping back a bit more than I should have. Then I kind of heard C.J. at the last minute. I felt like I fell into a brick wall. I don’t like to give pitchers too much respect, fielding-wise, but I told Mike: ‘Nice catch.’ “

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