Wednesday’s matchup between the Minnesota Twins and the San Diego Padres featured one of the most improbable catches thus far this season from Twins outfielder Joey Gallo.
The play happened in the top of the first inning with Padres star Manny Machado at the plate and Jake Cronenworth on first base after walking earlier in the inning.
Cronenworth went into motion on a hit-and-run attempt. Machado hit a fly ball into shallow left field which made it a long run for Gallo to get to.
He dove and made a miraculous catch with the glove, but the ball popped out of his glove and into the air. He stuck with the play and caught the ball with his bare hand to record the out.
Cronenworth stayed at second base thinking the ball fell to the ground. This made for an easy double play to end the inning once Gallo threw back to first base.
Joey Gallo with a circus double play! ⚾️🪄🎪pic.twitter.com/Bnh180s1PL
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) May 11, 2023
It was quite the way to start off the game for the Twins, and many credited Gallo for the unbelievable play.
Joey Gallo, juggling act turned sliding catch turned double play. pic.twitter.com/8MOUnoR9HZ
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) May 10, 2023
JOEY GALLO WHAT A PLAY pic.twitter.com/DVNO9cCGal
— Barstool Baseball (@StoolBaseball) May 10, 2023
What a catch, Joey Gallo! 😳
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 10, 2023
Joey Gallo really caught that. 😱
— theScore (@theScore) May 11, 2023
The juggle and the catch by Joey Gallo!
— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) May 11, 2023
Joey Gallo creatively adds to his highlight reel.
— Jamie Gatlin (@JamieGatlin17) May 11, 2023
Gallo has struggled at the plate in recent years, but his defense has never been in question over his up-and-down nine-year MLB career.
If he continues to make plays like this in the field, the Twins will likely put up with his less-than-stellar batting average at the plate.
[The Comeback on Twitter] Photo Credit: Bally Sports San Diego