A ballgirl covering the left side of Petco Park made what was arguably the play of the day on Sunday when she leaped to snag a screaming line drive in foul territory, hit by Matt Kemp. In doing so, she may have protected some young fans in the vicinity from being hit directly or on a carom.
Kemp would finish the at-bat by striking out.
Watch the HardballTalk honorary Gold Glove winner made the play:
The Padres lost 5-3 to the Phillies, suffering a series sweep. The Phillies improve to 16-5 since the All-Star break, the best record in baseball in that span of time.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.