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:
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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.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.