Braves Bullpen Pitcher Casually Catches Home Run as He Warms Up

David Kaestle
Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon catches home run ball.
Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon catches home run ball. / Twitter: @Jomboy_

The Atlanta Braves started off their NLCS matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers exactly how they wanted to, with a convincing 5-1 win that saw their bats light up the Dodgers' bullpen and their pitching hold arguably the best lineup in baseball to just one run.

However, the Braves had one other highlight-worthy play that won't make the nightly recap. Relief pitcher Mark Melancon was going through his normal bullpen warm-up routine when Ozzie Albies hit a long fly ball heading that way.

It ended up being a two-run home run that landed right in the Braves' bullpen and Melancon was there to make the grab, virtually without moving.

What makes this so great is how casual he made it look. Melancon looks up and just sticks his glove out, making the grab and then celebrating his team adding two runs to the board. Maybe he can talk to the Braves about adopting more of a utility role in the future.

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