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Ubaldo Jimenez Robs Hit With Willie Mays-like Catch

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With two men in scoring position with two outs, Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was forced to channel his inner Willie Mays to prevent any runs to score. In the bottom of the third, Eddie Rosario had the opportunity to break the scoreless game. Jimenez delivered a high inside fastball that jammed Rosario, but it was a weak hit with the infield playing deep.

Thus, that left no player with a clean play, and Jimenez was the only one close enough to get to the ball. With his back turned to the ball and racing to the front edge of the infield, he reached up and out in front of him, snagging it. The catch was certainly incredible for any player, let alone a pitcher.

Compare this catch to Willie Mays’ famous one in 1954:





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