The Cincinnati Reds have committed an MLB-low 15 errors in 43 games this season, and as they demonstrated in Monday night’s 4-3 win at Nationals Park, they make the difficult plays as well as the routine ones. Twice in extra innings a Reds player saved a run and extended the game with a jaw-dropping play.
With two outs and Denard Span on third in the bottom of the 12th, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips laid out to snare Wilson Ramos’s soft liner up the middle.
With two outs and Kevin Frandsen on second in the bottom of the 14th, Anthony Rendon hit a liner to center and Billy Hamilton did this:
“I hit it good. I knew it,” Rendon said. “I knew he had a chance to catch it. I was hoping it might die. It didn’t die.”
“Everyone in the stadium thought that was going to get down,” Frandsen said.
“On a line drive they tell you to freeze a little bit because you don’t know if it’s rising, but I had no chance — I had to get straight to the ball,” Hamilton said. “I knew if I was going to get it, I had to go get it right away and not hesitate at all. If I would have hesitated one bit, it would have been down. I made the right move in being aggressive.”
Hamilton’s catch slayed Gio Gonzalez, who was prepared to hop over the dugout railing and join his teammates in celebrating a win.
Hamilton killed Gio https://t.co/KzEpIrHO0X
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) May 20, 2014
The Nationals, who have committed an NL-worst 39 errors, had a great defensive play of their own when Ramos laid out to catch Hamilton’s bunt attempt on the first pitch of the game. Five hours later, the Reds won.
Thanks to MLB for the GIFs.