Watch: Yankees OF Brett Gardner robs home run by leaping above wall

Sunday August 21st, 2016

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner robbed a would-be two-run home run by C.J. Cron on Saturday by leaping backwards above the outfield wall.

With the Yankees leading 5–0 in the seventh inning and Tyler Clippard on the mound, Cron lifted a deep fly ball to left field. Gardner ran a ways to his left to track it down, then reached in front of fans also trying to catch the ball as he leapt up and nearly into the stands.

Baby Bombers: Judge, Sanchez giving Yankees reason for optimism

Cron had appeared to breakthrough on what was a tough night for the Angels at the plate. Rookie Luis Cessa made his first career start for New York and threw six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk before being replaced by Clippard.

The Yankees took an early 1–0 lead on a solo home run by Gary Sanchez, his sixth in his last nine games, and were also buoyed by two-run singles by Brian McCann and Aaron Judge on the way to a 5–1 win. Albert Pujols provided the lone run for the Angels with a solo home run in the ninth inning.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.