The San Diego Padres have had a largely miserable season. But things are looking up in the second half, as the Friars currently have one of baseball’s best winning percentages since the All-Star break. At least they are giving San Diego’s fans something to cheer for. They did that again on Tuesday night.
While a home series against the last place Colorado Rockies might not seem exciting, in the top of the 8th inning the Padres made back-to-back spectacular plays.
On the first, journeyman third baseman Chris Nelson rushed towards the stands to catch a foul pop-up. He made the grab then tumbled head first into the crowd. Nelson was fine and the crowd gave him an extended standing ovation for what was a phenomenal catch.
Video of Nelson’s grab is below:
While the crowd was still calming down after that great play, first baseman Tommy Medica sprinted towards the stands in an attempt to grab a foul pop fly of his own. Medica reached over the railing, snagged the ball and fell off his feet into some fans. It was a crazy sequence.
Check out Medica’s handiwork:
The Padres went on to top the Rockies 4-1 to win their fourth-straight and eighth in their last 10 games.