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by: Esteban On  Wednesday, August 8, 2012

bernadina amazing gave saving ending catchIn the world of sports, there are gave-saving plays and there are game-ending plays. But every once in a while, we are treated to a play that is both.

When you think about it, such plays are pretty rare. Take hockey, for instance. How can you both save and end a game on a single play? Sure, a goalie can make an amazing last minute save before the buzzer goes off. But if he already had the lead, that’s not saving; it’s preserving. Big difference. Or consider basketball. Yeah, a guy could block a shot with time winding down, then run the length of the court for a bucket. But really, that’s two plays, not one.

So, you see, we don’t see the game-saving/game-ending play too often. But we did see it last night during a baseball game in Houston.

The Astros and Nationals completed nine innings with the game tied 2-2, so they headed into extra innings. The Nats then took a 3-2 lead into the top of the 12th, thus needing just three more outs to seal the deal. However, closer Tyler Clippard made things very interesting by giving up a base hit and a walk. Then, with two outs, the Astros’ Brett Wallace came to the plate and sent a rocket out into deep left-center field.

If it dropped, both runners surely would have scored, giving the game to the Astros. But it didn’t. Instead, center fielder Roger Bernadina made an incredible grab that both saved the game, and ended it.

Have a look for yourself:

Astros’ superfan Maniac Mike must have been absolutely crushed.




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