When you think of all-time great St. Louis Cardinals games at Dodger Stadium, this one goes somewhere in the book. The Cardinals made three great plays on defense Tuesday night, including two in the same inning and a third for the last out of the ninth in a 3-2 nail-biter against the Dodgers.
The catches made by infielder Tommy Edman and outfielder Dylan Carlson in the sixth alone could appear prominently on any club’s season-ending highlight reel. Edman’s leap stole a hit from Max Muncy, and Carlson’s feet-first dive robbed Gavin Lux with runners in scoring position to keep the Cardinals ahead by two runs.
Check out Edman’s air time:
Tommy, can you hear me? That was awesome. It also had an expected batting average of .910, considering exit velocity, launch angle and the orbit of the moon. Well maybe not the moon.
And how about Carlson, who made an incredible dive to snatch Gavin Lux’s broken-bat blooper in short right-center for the last out of the sixth:
That kind of Lux just ain’t meant to be. That batted-ball event, as they’re called in the Statcast orbit, had a .500 expected batting average. It just wasn’t expecting Carlson.
The Cardinals did surrender their lead in the seventh but went back ahead with a run in the ninth before it came down to Alex Reyes vs. Mookie Betts with two outs. The defense came through one last time:
Tyler O’Neill looked like Mr. Universe on that catch. He also made a crucial steal earlier to help the Cardinals take the lead permanently. Using the old “Butcher Boy” ploy of showing bunt before swinging away, Edmundo Sosa brought O’Neill home with an RBI single against a drawn-in infield.