Center fielder Mike Tauchman saved the Cubs game against the Cardinals on Friday with what may be the catch of the year. Photo Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Jul 28, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Mike Tauchman (40) reacts after making a game winning catch robbing a home run from St. Louis Cardinals pinch hitter Alec Burleson (not pictured) to end the game in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

If the Chicago Cubs end up making the playoffs by one game, remember Friday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

After turning an awesome double play, the Cubs were clinging to a 3-2 lead with two outs in the ninth inning. Pinch hitter Alec Burleson was at the plate and Willson Contreras represented the tying run at third base. Burleson launched a ball to center field that looked like it would not only tie the game, but win it. Chicago’s Mike Tauchman, though, had other ideas.

Tauchman tracked the ball to the wall. Then, with a perfectly-timed leap, he reached over the fence and brought the ball back, securing the victory for the Cubs.

Tauchman has a bit of a flare for the dramatic. As a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2021, he robbed Albert Pujols of a would-be walk-off home run, then robbed Juan Soto of another home run later in the season to preserve a one-run lead.

This catch not only preserved the lead and saved the game — but it also ended the game. Naturally, it got people buzzing.

Friday’s win moved Chicago to 52-51. Plays like this are huge for any team in any setting. But for a team like the Cubs, who are hovering on the brink of playoff contention, a game-saving catch just days before the trade deadline is even more significant.

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