Colorado Rockies: Watch Charlie Blackmon’s incredible catch (video)
By Kevin Henry
When the regular season ends, the Colorado Rockies will look back at Tuesday night as a game where they rallied back to win a hard-fought game in an emotional and pulse-pounding ending.
Held hitless for the first four innings, Colorado’s bats came through when needed late, with the Rockies walking off with a victory for the third time this season for a 5-4 win over the New York Mets.
There were several important plays and moments in the contest, but perhaps none bigger than in the top of the ninth when Rockies All-Star center fielder Charlie Blackmon went all out to catch a deep fly off the bat of New York’s Asdrubal Cabrera. Watch the play for yourself below.
"“What a great catch. That’s one of the best catches of the year for sure. He went a long way for that one,” Colorado manager Bud Black told Rox Pile and others after the game. “Charlie had a great route and made a great play.”"
Not only did Blackmon make the highlight reel catch to end the top of the ninth, he also had to lead off the bottom of the inning. Still feeling the effects from hitting the wall, Blackmon drew a walk from Mets reliever Hansel Robles to start what would be Colorado’s winning ways.
"“I was a little bit tired,” Blackmon told Rox Pile and others after the game. “That’s a long way to run and then have to turn around and come back and be on the clock to start the next inning. You have to make sure you’re as recovered as you can be so you can have a good at-bat there.”"
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Blackmon would score the winning run on Nolan Arenado’s single to center field two batters later. However, it might not have happened without Blackmon’s wall-defying catch. We asked him to walk us through the play.
"“He (Cabrera) put a pretty good swing on that ball,” Blackmon recalled. “I took off after it. I knew it was hit really well. I put my head down for a few steps and tried to make up some ground. I got close enough to where I thought I might be able to make a play on it so I went for it.”"
Was Blackmon worried about hitting the wall?
"“I knew I was really close to the wall,” Blackmon said. “It’s never a good idea to be on a sprint toward the wall and hit it while you’re running right at it. That’s a good way to hurt yourself. Luckily I was kind of turned sideways a little bit. You don’t want to hurt yourself but you want to make the out.”"
It was part of another solid all-around game for Blackmon, who went 2-for-3 with his league-leading 94th and 95th runs scored. Over the last 16 games, he’s hitting .409. In his last nine games at Coors Field, he’s batting .429 with seven homers and 24 RBI.
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The catch. The ninth inning. The 61st win of the season for the Rockies. It was simply supposed to be, Blackmon said.
"“I felt like we were supposed to win today,” Blackmon said. “I can’t explain it.”"