Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. leaps for terrific catch vs. Phillies
Oct 20, 2023, 5:42 PM | Updated: 5:49 pm
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The Arizona Diamondbacks were going to need their elite defense in Friday’s Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies and early heroics from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. provided just that.
In the top of the second inning for a D-backs team using a bullpen game, right-hander Luis Frias was in after replacing left-hander Joe Mantiply. Frias was through his first two hitters before Phillies catcher J.T Realmuto hit a ball on a line to deep left field.
Gurriel needed every step to be perfect to properly track the ball and make a play on it. It was all there from him, and he leaped to prevent what was certainly extra-base hits, potentially even a home run.
OH LOURDES!!! pic.twitter.com/ugNv1ctGko
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) October 21, 2023
Gurriel has been huge for Arizona at Chase Field in this series. He had a single, double and walk in the Game 3 win. His RBI double in the seventh tied the game before Ketel Marte’s walk-off act in the ninth.
The catch kept the game scoreless through one-and-a-half innings until Emmanuel Rivera’s RBI single in the bottom-half of the second gave the D-backs a 1-0 lead.
A great catch by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. keeps the game scoreless. D-backs now lead 1-0. pic.twitter.com/ufWI5QG4Ju
— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) October 21, 2023