Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez reminded everyone that fielding can be just as important to winning as any other part of the game on Monday night.
As far as pressure situations go, it doesn't get much more tense than attempting to hold on to a one run lead in the ninth inning. With just two outs remaining and Cincinnati's star first baseman Joey Votto at the plate and a man on first, the pressure was all the more intense for the Brewers.
Fortunately, 27-year-old Gomez was up for the challenge. Tracking down a ball struck by Votto that was set to clear the outfield wall, Gomez leaped up against the boundary and made a jaw-dropping catch for the third out. Game over.
The play was truly a display of Gomez's keen sense of timing, athleticism and clutch playmaking. And it wasn't his first time making such a play, either.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Gomez is the league leader in robbing home runs—and it isn't even close.
Carlos Gomez just had his 4th HR-robbery of the season for Brewers. No one else in MLB entered the day with more than 2.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 9, 2013
Gomez, who is slated to play in his first All-Star game this season, isn't just having a great season in the field. He's been a revelation at the plate as well.
After hitting no higher than .260 in any of the previous six seasons of his career, he's hitting .308 in 2013. He's just six home runs behind his career-high mark of 19 set last season.
The Brewers may be in last place in the National League Central at just 36-52, but this was a moment that will be a highlight for the entire season.