It's become routine to see nine-time Gold Glove winner Nolan Arenado make a dazzling play over at third base. What he did against the Tampa Bay Rays in the St. Louis Cardinals' Tuesday night game cannot be overlooked, though. Nailing a Derek Jeter-esque jump throw on a bunt is simply ridiculous.
The Cardinals were doing their best to preserve a one-run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning when Brett Phillips laid down what seemed to be a perfect sacrifice bunt. Arenado came charging in to grab the baseball and turned 180 degrees in midair to throw a laser to third base for the out, instead.
The entire play was seemingly done in one motion, which only makes it that much more impressive. St. Louis ended up losing the game in crushing fashion, but the locker room was still buzzing afterward about Arenado's heroic effort. Teammate Paul Goldschmidt did not hold back on his praise.
“I don’t know of another guy in the league who makes that play. Nine times out of 10, that [bunt] works. I mean, what a play. I’ve never seen a play like that before.”- Paul Goldschmidt on Nolan Arenado
Relief pitcher Drew VerHagen stands at 6-foot-6 and had to make sure to duck in order to get out of Arenado's way in front of home plate. It gave him a front row seat to enjoy one of the best defensive gems in the majors this season. That's another day in the life of playing with superstar Nolan Arenado.
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