Remember on the last day of the season how Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter? And how the final out of that no-hitter came on a pretty nifty catch by center fielder Steven Souza? After that there was talk of Zimmermann getting Souza some sort of gift for the great effort. He mentioned a BMW once, but that was, apparently, a joke.
Here’s what he really got him:
On Wednesday, Souza revealed to MLB.com that Zimmermann gave him a Best Buy gift certificate. Souza declined to say how much the gift certificate was worth, but the present from Zimmermann helped Souza out big time.
“I cannot disclose the amount. He gave a gift certificate to help me out for my house. It was very thoughtful,” Souza said.
Depending on how generous Zimmermann was, Souza may now be the proud owner of an HDMI cable. And, perhaps — if he was super generous — an extended warranty on said HDMI cable. If he was less generous maybe he was able to snag a “Friends” DVD box set. Really, the possibilities are endless here. It’s Best Buy we’re talking about. They totally outfitted the 90s and they can outfit you too.
Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.
Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.
The game had playoff implications on both sides. The win bumped the Cardinals’ hold on first place in the NL Central to 2.5 games while the Nationals’ lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL Wild Card shrinks to just one game.
The Nationals will close out their final road trip of the regular season with three games against the Marlins before hosting the Phillies for five games and the Indians for three. The Cardinals, meanwhile, begin their final road trip of the regular season with four against the Cubs followed by three against the Diamondbacks before closing out the season at home with three games versus the Cubs.