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.