How Do You Stop a 107 MPH Grounder? By Flipping It Into the Air, Of Course

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How Do You Stop a 107 MPH Grounder? By Flipping It Into the Air, Of Course

Incredible Plays

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a good, ole’ fashioned highlight, right?

Yesterday, the San Diego Padres hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they began a three-game set at Petco Park. Although, hosting might be a little strong of a word, because I don’t think any host is supposed to be this nasty to their guests.

In the top of the third inning, Padres’ shortstops Adam Rosales combined with first baseman Wil Meyers on an absolutely nasty bang-bang play, when a ground ball came screaming off the bat of Brandon Drury.

Check it out:

Your first reaction might be to question whether Rosales should have just fielded the ball cleanly in the first place, but I’d ask you to reconsider. According to Statcast, that grounder had an exit velocity of 107 MPH when it left Drury’s bat. The fact that Rosales knocked it down at all, is impressive. That he finished the play is downright crazy.

But it wasn’t all him, either. Wil Meyers made an absolutely terrific stretch to reel in that rocket, but off-the-line throw from Rosales. This is just a fantastic defensive gem, overall.

And by the way, the play saved at least one run that inning, in a game the Padres wound up winning 3-2.


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Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.