What the Pittsburgh Pirates lacked in defense — committing seven team errors for the first time since Sept. 16, 1985 — the Chicago Cubs made up for it in their stunning 12-2 win at PNC Park on Friday night.
That includes one of the most sensational — and downright scary — catches we've seen this season. It happened in the sixth inning with the Cubs already up 7-0. Andrew McCutchen attempted to pull Pittsburgh closer with a blast to left center field. However, Chicago's rookie center fielder Brett Jackson was able to run the ball down, and then secured it while taking a violent face-first crash into the partially padded, partially fenced outfield wall.
Take a look at the incredible catch-and-crash yourself:
Jackson would remain on the ground for several minutes afterward but was able to get to his feet and gingerly walk off under his own power. Thankfully, immediate concerns about a possible head or neck injury were quickly dismissed upon examination, but I was just as concerned he may have cracked a kneecap or a shin after that type of impact. Those injuries were also dismissed, with the official diagnosis coming in as a badly bruised right kneecap.Read More »from Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson makes bid for most painfully spectacular catch this season (Video)