Jean Segura sent the Mariners to extra innings with three straight defensive gems
Chances are you grew up throwing a ball against a wall and pretending to make a series of highlight-reel defensive gems in a row.
You honestly may never see a more dominant single inning from a single defender again.
Segura started his master class with one on and no out in the bottom of the ninth when
Only problem: Segura was there with the diving stop. He didn't even have time to get to his feet, instead throwing from a repose:
Though there were now two down, the danger wasn't over as Gurriel had raced to third on the fielder's choice. When
Turns out he did -- his throw to second just beating
Naturally, his Mariners teammates loved it. And can you look at Segura's smile and not feel warmth fill you?
As did the fans on Twitter:
Jean Segura just had the single greatest individual defensive inning in baseball history. I surveyed them all. He wins. It's not close.— alexSSN (@alexSSN) July 18, 2017
This Jean Segura guy catches everything! pic.twitter.com/zWhmXMT4pW— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 18, 2017
"I think that changed the whole game," Astros manager A.J. Hinche told MLB.com's Greg Johns after the game. "It kept them in the game. Both plays were exceptional and he also made the throw to home to get Reddick. It's hard to argue he didn't make the most important plays of the game."
Segura's efforts seemed to fire up the offense.