Slip in outfield doesn't stop Herrera from catch
Saturday afternoon featured a key NL East matchup, as the Phillies took on the Nationals in D.C. and beat them, 5-3. One of the reasons for the win was Odubel Herrera: The center fielder was hitless in four at-bats, but in the second inning, he made his presence felt with his glove ... albeit in a less-than-graceful manner.
The Phillies had just tied the game at 2 and the Nationals were threatening again. Wilmer Difo and Spencer Kieboom were on first and second with two outs for Bryce Harper.
Aaron Nola's first pitch to Harper was a fastball and he was all over it. It was 102.6 mph off the bat, but right toward Herrera in center. He fell ...
... but still managed to reel in the catch, ending the inning. Phew.
Had Herrera not recovered to make that play, multiple runs could have scored. Crisis averted.
Now, the Phillies can laugh about it.