Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/26/13
The Padres and Brewers combined for 18 runs on 29 hits Thursday afternoon at Miller Park. There were a total of five home runs 38 baserunners and 343 pitches. And all anyone talked about afterward was “the catch.” With the tying runs in scoring position and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Padres center fielder Will Venable made one of the most significant — and greatest — catches of his career to save the Padres in a 10-8 victory over the Brewers. Charging in from center Venable made a headfirst dive and caught Norichika Aoki’s slicing line drive in full flight just inches off the ground — not only ending a five-run inning while keeping the Padres ahead but changing the momentum of the game. Had the ball dropped the game would have been tied at 10-10 — and a lot of white was showing as Venable kept the fingers of the glove between the ball and grass. “When it left the bat I thought ‘hit.’ I really did” Padres manager Bud Black said. “I thought it was going to fall. But we’ve seen that play from Will before. Awesome. Game-saver.” Venable who made a similar diving catch while sliding across the right-field foul line in St. Louis last weekend knew it was going to be close as he ran down the sinking drive off the bat of the left-handed-hitting Aoki. But he didn’t want to rank the catch or even to take full credit for the play. As left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher came in to face Aoki Padres first-base and outfield placement coach Dave Roberts signaled for Venable — who was also shaded toward left-center and shallower than usual — to move “another three or four steps to his left.” “Two inches over and I don’t make that catch” Venable said. “That was Dave Roberts’ play. Give Dave and the guys who do our scouting reports credit. I was already shaded toward left. Dave moved me farther over.” The shading combined with in Roberts’ words a “spectacular jump combined with his closing speed” allowed Venable to get the tip of his glove under the ball a split second before it touched the ground. “Not many outfielders in baseball can make that play” Roberts said. “Will’s name has to be in any Gold Glove discussion this season. As objective as I can be I don’t think there’s a better defensive right fielder in baseball. And he’s just as good in center. Great physical skills and anticipation. “We’ve seen that play from Will before. We will see it again. I can’t estimate how many runs and outs he’s saved us.” Early on it didn’t appear that the Padres would need any late defensive heroics. They built leads of 6-0 and 10-3 behind two-run homers by Carlos Quentin and Jesus Guzman and a clutch two-run double by Yonder Alonso — the first baseman’s third two-out run-scoring hit in a span of five games.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Divac makes bold promise after trading DeMarcus Cousins

Popovich praises Magic, wishes him well with Lakers

Report: Andrew Bogut likely to join Cavs after buyout

Report: Broncos expected to 'at least discuss' Romo

Report: Raiders don't expect to keep Latavius Murray

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Josh Hamilton needs another knee operation

Ball's father says comment about Lakers was misquoted

Revis hints he is open to taking significant pay cut

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Kim Mulkey gives awful post-game speech about Baylor scandal

Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker