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Josh Donaldson Flies into Stands for Incredible Catch During Perfect-Game Bid

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2015

via MLB

With Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada working on a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson was doing whatever he could to get outs.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Donaldson went a long way to track a foul pop-up off the bat of Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus. Even though the ball was headed for the fans, the third baseman didn't give up on the play.

Donaldson sacrificed his body for his team and made an incredible diving catch into the stands. It was an effort that would have made former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter proud. 

This catch would have been remarkable regardless of the situation. However, considering his pitcher had yet to allow a baserunner in the game, this catch is even more ridiculous. Sure, if he hadn't made the catch, the perfect game bid would still have been alive. However, with a 3-2 count on DeJesus, Estrada would have been under a lot of pressure to throw strikes on the ensuing pitch(es).

Unfortunately for Estrada and the Blue Jays, the next batter, Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe, broke up the perfect-game bid with an infield single.

[MLB.com]

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