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MLB Top Plays of the Day (09/13/15)

Here are your Top 5 Plays of the Day!

5. Jason Heyward (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals' nightmare has finally come to an end. Cards' defense was exceptional today with Yadier Molina throwing out NL basestealing leader Billy Hamilton. But the MVP goes to Heyward for snagging Ivan De Jesus Jr.'s home run especially when the game was still in doubt. Heyward learned his lesson on Saturday when Adam Duvall's two run homer bounced off the top of the wall. The Cardinals beat the Reds 9-2.

4. Khris Davis (Milwaukee Brewers)

If only the Brewers have won, this guy would have been the Man of the Match. Khris Davis robbed a homer from Francisco Cervelli and kept his team going. He not only robbed that homer, he blasted a two-run homer the next inning to keep the Brewers alive. Despite an amazing performance both defensively and offensivley by Davis, the Brewers lose to the Pirates 7-6 in the 11th inning.

3. Brian Bogusevic (Philadelphia Phillies)

The Phillies' right fielder, Brian Bogusevic, and his fully extended diving catch robbed Dexter Fowler's potential double. You could see starting pitcher, Aaron Harang, show his appreciation with an air-five! With Bogusevic's amazing play, the Chicago Cubs lost to the Phillies (the worst team in the MLB) 7-4.

2. Lonnie Chisenhall (Cleveland Indians)

The Indians' Right Fielder made this impressive play in deep right field. It was an all out diving effort all the way to the warning track and stole a possible double, or even a triple away from Rajai Davis. Despite Justin Verlander starting for the Tigers' mound, Detroit lost to the Tribe 7-2.

1. Brandon Barnes (Colorado Rockies)

And the number one play from last night's games come from Brandon Barnes of the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies' left fielder not only made a phenomenal play, he made that play into a double play. This was the game-winner for the Rockies as they topped the Seattle Mariners 3-2. Barnes said he felt a bit dizzy after he slammed his head into the ground but he kept his focus to sling the ball to first and throw out Ketel Marte.
Now that was your Top 5 Plays of the Day from last night's games!

What was your favorite play of the day?

*If you guys would like to be tagged every time I upload a Top 5 Plays of the Day card, please let me know by commenting on the comments section below!
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@TessStevens I'm also amazed at the fact that there are plays like these everyday....it amazes me every time I see the talent in the MLB
@mchlyang @ChristianMordi you see a lot of guys running totally backwards for those. It's amazing
@jeff4122 Yeah what a performance by the outfielders! I hope Barnes is okay. Heard they had to tape him up afterwards.
That Lonnie Chinsenhall play was very impressive, He really stretched out and gave his body up to make that play!
Killer play by barnes! love seeing an outfielder make a play toward the line. all of these were great, it was a good day around the league haha
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