Washington Nationals center fielder Ben Revere has made his share of defensive gems over his seven-year MLB career. Never before though had he robbed a home run. That was, until Friday night at Turner Field in Atlanta.
It happened in the fourth inning of Washington’s 7-6 win against the Braves. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman was making a bid for his seventh home run since Aug. 6 and his 25th overall on the season. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t hit it high enough or far enough to elude Revere, who soared through the air and then crashed into the padded outfield wall to make the catch.
That’s Washington starter Tanner Roark celebrating at the end of the clip. He was very much appreciative of Revere’s effort, as it temporarily prevented his 12th home run allowed this season.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker was also impressed, adding that Revere will need to find some wall space to memorialize this effort.
Dusty said he saw the still picture of Revere making that catch. "He should get that framed."
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Those are some serious hops.
Credit the Braves too though. Even at 44-77, they didn’t stop competing. In fact, Nick Markakis would later take a home run away from Washington’s Clint Robinson, which helped spur a surprising rally.
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Atlanta tied it in the eighth, but Robinson got his revenge in the ninth inning with a go-ahead RBI single that held up as the game winner.
Needless to say, it could have been an entirely different game without either catch, but Revere’s was on another level and could go down as one of the top catches this season in MLB.
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