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Red Sox Rookie Andrew Benintendi Rob Denies Home Run With Bonkers Over-the-Wall Catch (Video)
Boston Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi had already endeared himself to Red Sox fans by hitting .322/.375/.492 since being called up on August 1. However, on Monday night he cemented his beloved rookie status by making an absolutely bonkers catch to rob the Rays of a home run and save the game for David Price.
The catch came in the bottom of the eighth. With one on, nobody out, and the Red Sox up 3-0, Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. smashed a hanging slider from David Price down the left field line into the corner, right where the outfield wall cuts in and goes from 15 to five feet high. It looked for sure like the Rays were suddenly right back in the game.
Benintenti had other ideas, though. At the last second he leapt up about three feet, reached out, and made the grab as the entire top half of his body went over the fence.
Take a look:
Thanks to Benintendi it remained a 3-0 game instead of a 3-2 game. The Sox would then go on to score three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, hold on for a 6-2 victory, and move into a tie with the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East.
“I think that’s the best catch I’ve ever made,” the 22-year-old told MLB.com. “I’ve never really had an opportunity to take one back.”
Of course, Benintendi won’t get many more opportunities to take one back playing left field in front of the Green Monster. But he’ll always have this one.
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