Dodgers' Yoshinobu Yamamoto Makes Miraculous Catch on 104.8 MPH Comebacker

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Yoshinobu Yamamoto
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Yoshinobu Yamamoto / Screenshot via MLB
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto showcased some jaw-dropping reflexes on the mound Thursday, avoiding what could've been a disastrous situation by catching a near-105 MPH comebacker that was potentially destined for his head.

Washingtion Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario squared up a pitch from Yamamoto and sent it straight back up the middle. Yamamoto reflexively moved to protect his head from the incoming missile, and was miraculously able to clutch onto the ball.

Yamamoto was smiling and seemingly laughing in disbelief after the play. He gestured to the team and the fans in order to make clear he was okay, and Dodgers trainers came to briefly examine him, though he was able to remain in the game.

Rosario's liner launched off the bat at a speed of 104.8 mph, but Yamamoto's impressive reaction time helped to both prevent an injury and record an out.

The 25-year-old pitched six innings in Thursday's game against the Nationals and did not surrender a run, striking out seven and walking one batter.

Karl Rasmussen


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