Freddy Galvis’ barehanded catch and the other coolest things that happened in MLB on Saturday

first_imgIt’s hard enough to make an over-the-shoulder catch. It’s even more difficult to do it with your bare hand. Freddy Galvis made this play look way too routine Saturday. Galvis’ ode to Kevin Mitchell and David Wright came in the midst of a Blue Jays blowout win but was without a doubt the day’s defensive highlight. It takes a lot of guts to attempt a circus catch like that, so Galvis’ pulling it off makes the feat even more impressive. He also had two hits and an RBI at the plate. Not a bad day at the office. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThere were more great moments from Saturday’s rare 16-game slate, even if they didn’t include barehand catches. From a game-ending pickoff to a memorable home run in an MLB debut, here are the five coolest moments from Saturday:5. Raimel Tapia electrifies Coors Field with an inside-the-park home runTapia wasn’t running very hard out of the batter’s box when he drove a ball off Aaron Nola to right-center field. It didn’t matter too much as Tapia successfully made the trip around the bases for a home run the hard way. An assist goes to the Coors Field wall and Roman Quinn’s lack of familiarity with it for making Tapia’s speed display all the more exciting. It’s the outfielder’s first home run of the season, but, hey, it counts just the same as one that leaves the yard. 4. Position players take the mound — twiceIt’s always entertaining when a position player gets on the mound in a game. When it happens twice in one day, that is the jackpot. Kendrys Morales was tasked with finishing off the A’s 10-1 defeat against the Blue Jays. He didn’t have his best stuff, surrendering two walks, a hit by pitch, a single and an earned run. Morales topped out at 85 mph. The Orioles called on Chris Davis to end their suffering in the final inning before they were swept in a doubleheader by the Twins. Former teammate Jonathan Schoop teed off against Davis, but the damage didn’t go much further.3. Red Sox survive on game-ending pickoffBoston’s pitching staff couldn’t hold on after being staked to a 5-0 lead, but it got bailed out by the Rays in the ninth inning.With two on, two out and the Sox up by a run, catcher Christian Vazquez picked Tommy Pham off first base to end the game. It wasn’t a particularly close play, either. Pham owned up to his gaffe after the game, but it’s worth wondering what could have been. Despite the loss, the Rays set a franchise record with four triples. Small consolation in a heartbreaking defeat. 2. Cole Tucker’s debut to rememberThe Pirates called up Tucker, their top shortstop prospect, and outfielder Bryan Reynolds before Saturday’s game to replace the injured Erik Gonzalez and Starling Marte (and try to lift their struggling offense). The immediate results were fruitful.Tucker hit a tiebreaking two-run home run off Derek Holland in the fifth inning for his first major league hit. In a rain-shortened game, that was all Pittsburgh needed to secure the victory.Saturday was the second straight day a player homered in his MLB debut. Lane Thomas accomplished the feat for the Cardinals on Friday. 1. Freddy Galvis doesn’t need a mittIt is hard to compare defensive highlights sometimes because there can be a vast array of showstopping plays, but Galvis’ gem might go down as one of the best of the year when it’s all said and done. His teammate Marcus Stroman took to Twitter to share his amazement. Just because of how amazing it was, let’s get one more look at the catch, this time in GIF form.last_img read more

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