Tony Wolters shows off amazing middle-infielder-like defense to protect the Rockies' lead
Catchers, with their stocky frames and cumbersome equipment, are more like burly sentries guarding the plate than the lithe, gymnastic stars of the middle infield. During the Rockies' 4-3 victory against the Giants on Sunday, Tony Wolters showed off that catchers have moves, too.
With a runner on third and two outs, Brandon Crawford hit a little dribbler down the first-base line. It looked destined to be an infield single that would tie the game. Wolters had different ideas. Sadly, there wasn't enough rain for Wolters' belly flop to turn into a slip-n-slide trip:
Though the play looked great, Giants manager Bruce Bochy thought he was a little lucky. He told MLB.com's Chris Haft after the game, "I could be wrong, but it looked like he was trying to flip on the left side of Crawford and it went on the right side and didn't hit him. When I saw the flip I thought it would hit Crawford in the back and we'd have a tie ballgame."
Here's the catcher talked about his dazzling moment:
Unsurprisingly, Wolters was drafted by the Indians in 2010 as a middle infielder and converted to the backstop position in 2013. He also played some shortstop and second base for the Rockies last season.
But maybe the super utilityman also got some inspiration from his teammates. Not only does he watch Nolan Arenado pull off tricks in every game at the hot corner, but just one batter earlier, second baseman DJ LeMahieu did this:
Of course, in a game defined by diving plays, it's only right that Carlos Gonzalez sealed the win with his own bit of glovework in the drizzling rain.
As manager Bud Black told MLB.com's Thomas Harding after the game, "It doesn't show up in the box score, but those are the types of things that help you win games." Given the highlight reel the Rockies put together, that's quite the understatement.