Phillies Starter Velasquez Makes Rowand-Like Play
Back in 2006, former Phillies outfielder Aaron Rowand caught the attention of Phillies fans forever when he crashed into the Citizens Bank Park center field wall to make a spectacular catch. That moment went into Phillies history as one of the all-time defensive plays in Philadelphia Phillies history. He may have some company.
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez caught the hearts of Phillies fans on Saturday with a gutsy play of his own.
Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton lined a ball off of Velasquez's right forearm and took off for first base as a run was about to score. Velasquez ended up on the ground in pain. But, not before making a spectacular play.
Since Velasquez took the ball to his right arm - his throwing arm - his instincts quickly knew he could not use it to make a play at first base. So, Velasquez threw off his glove, picked up the ball with the left hand, and threw a bullet to first base to get Eaton and to save a run. Yes, his non-throwing arm.
Watch the play here:
The play got lots of attention. Slate's Dan Kois called it "the best play I've ever seen."
Velasquez immediately exited the game. But the news after the game was good. X-rays showed no fracture and Velasquez was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion (a deep bruise). His status is listed as day to day.
The Phillies are scheduled to have off days on both Monday and Thursday, so the Phillies can give Velasquez a little extra rest if they desire.
The Phillies bullpen followed with an impressive seven-inning, one-run performance to give the Phillies a 3-2 victory over the Nationals. At 44-37, the Phillies are currently three games behind the Atlanta Braves and two games ahead of the Washington Nationals in the National League East. With Phillies now completed half of their season, they would be the second wild card in the National League if the season ended today.