Making just his fifth career start in center field, Jason Heyward robbed the Mets of a potential walk-off victory this evening at Citi Field.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Justin Turner hit a ball off Craig Kimbrel which appeared destined to fall in the left-center field gap. However, Heyward got on his horse to make an all-out diving catch to secure a 2-1 victory. Check out the video here.
Heyward missed the previous six games with a hamstring strain, but it looks like he’s doing just fine. Per Mark Bowman of MLB.com, here’s how Heyward explained his decision on the do-or-die play:
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.
For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.
The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.
Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.
Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.