MLB: Amazing Finals! Three games ended with great defensive plays

Baseball fans have seen plenty of walk-off home runs this season (Daniel Vogelbach, anyone?), But Wednesday marked a night for the “gem of the walk-off web.” Wednesday’s MLB scoreboard saw three different players make dazzling defensive plays to secure the final out for their clubs.

The first was at Fenway Park, where Hunter renfroe backed up teammate Danny Santana after Santana missed a catch attempt in center field. Renfroe cornered the ball and fired a 90.7 mph strike to third base, according to Statcast, which caught Tampa Bay’s Joey Wendle trying to stretch a double to a triple:

Right fielder Renfroe, who had just hit a two-run homer in the previous inning, sealed a tight 2-1 victory for Boston with his 16th MLB-leading field assist of the year.

Shortly after in the Bronx, the Blue Jays earned their seventh straight win against the struggling Yankees. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson he used his trademark speed to sprint behind him and to his right and cover 81 feet in 4.6 seconds, finishing that effort with a slide. Statcast gave Dyson a 50 percent chance of making the play, based on that time and distance, and finished a 6-3 win for Toronto.

Last but not least, in Milwaukee, shortstop Mexican Luis Urías helped Brewers closer Josh Hader get the last out of the Brewers’ 4-3 win over the Phillies by knocking Andrew McCutchen off the air.

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Cutch’s lineout left his bat at 98.1 mph, according to Statcast. and he had a suspension time of just 1.3 seconds before Urías gloved him up with a full extension dive.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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