Jay Bruce puts on his cape, gets on his horse and saves the Reds with diving catch
Bruce makes game-saving diving catch in 9th
Jay Bruce had himself a day at the Friendly Confines on Friday, and only really needed four innings to do it.
The Cubs got their weekend started a bit early with a matinee against the Reds, in which Bruce started out by going 0-for-2. Something must have clicked for him in the late innings, though, because after a seventh-inning double off Cubbies starter Jason Hammel, Bruce seemed locked in.
With Chris Coghlan on second and just one out in the bottom of the ninth of a tie game, Bruce put on his cape, got on his horse and laid out into right-center field to make a game-saving catch for the Reds.
Then, with Todd Frazier on first and nobody out in the top of the 10th, Bruce pulled a single right, allowing Frazier to move from to third on the play. Just for good measure, Bruce moved into scoring position when he stole second during the next at-bat.
Eugenio Suarez came through with the winning hit and Aroldis Chapman slammed the door shut for a 5-4 Reds victory.
In the second half of that game, Bruce was 2-for-2 with a double, a stolen base and a game-saving diving catch. Not a bad way to start the weekend.