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Nolan Arenado made the defensive play of the season so far, going into the stands to snag a foul popup in Tuesday night's Rockies-Giants game.

By Jon Tayler
April 15, 2015

As far as memorable games go, Tuesday night's tilt between the Giants and Rockies won't exactly make MLB's list of the season's best. But it did provide us with a play that will no doubt land on highlight reels all year long, as Nolan Arenado made a sensational catch on a foul popup by Gregor Blanco that got the Rockies' third baseman up close and personal with some fans near third base.

Seriously, try to pick the most impressive part of that play. Arenado somehow covers what seems like three miles of foul territory, doesn't trip over the bullpen mounds, then makes an over-the-shoulder catch while going full-bore into a rolled-up tarp and skidding along the top of it before nearly face-planting into some fans. And to top it off, he gets to his knees while still on the tarp and fires an absolute bullet back into the infield, nearly getting Angel Pagan at third base. Oh, and that catch came with two on and none out for the Giants with the Rockies holding onto a narrow lead in the eighth inning, so no pressure or anything.

Thanks to Arenado's acrobatics, Colorado snuffed out San Francisco's late rally and went on to win, 4-1, improving its record to an NL West-best 6-2 on the young season. It's another unexpected win for a surprising Rockies team, but just another day at the office for the two-time Gold Glove winner.


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