JaCoby Jones needed his full arm length to reach over the fence and rob a homer from Adrian Beltre
The Tigers rode a seven-run first inning to cruise to a 7-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon, but centerfielder JaCoby Jones made sure that they kept their foot on the gas pedal. In the top of the sixth, veteran Adrián Beltré stepped up to bat with one out, hoping to get something going for the Rangers, who trailed 7-0 at the time. Mike Fiers left a hanging curveball in the heart of the plate for Beltre, who crushed it to deep left-center field. Fiers immediately slumped to one knee. "I thought that was for sure gone," he later said to MLB.com's Jason Beck. Jones had other plans:
Although Jones had to use every bit of his wingspan, he reeled in the drive from over the fence, robbing Beltre of what would have been his 467th career homer. His teammates were amazed and clapped for him, so Jones had to salute them:
Jones' catch definitely made a strong impression on his manager, Ron Gardenhire. "His whole arm went over the fence," he said. "He snagged it behind there. It's a timing thing, and you have to be athletic to be able to do some of those things." Better luck next time, Beltre.