10/08/11 12:12 AM ET
Young's amazing catch one to remember
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
D-backs center fielder Chris Young made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch in front of the warning track to rob the Brewers' Jerry Hairston Jr. of a go-ahead extra-base hit with two runners on base in the sixth inning of the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Friday.
But considering the D-backs ultimately lost the game in the 10th inning, Young said it's a play he won't look back on with any fondness.
"I don't think I'll think about that catch at all," Young said after the 3-2 loss in 10 innings. "Honestly, if we would have won the game maybe, but it really doesn't even matter right now in my opinion."
Hairston, though, won't soon forget the run-saving grab, as he thought it would score both Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder to break up a 1-1 tie with D-backs ace Ian Kennedy on the mound.
Instead, Young spun back twice before ultimately making the incredible catch to keep Braun at second base and Fielder at first for the second out of the inning.
"I don't think I've ever cried on a baseball field but when Chris Young made that play -- outside of Gary Matthews Jr.'s catch [with Texas in '06], it was the best play I've ever seen a center fielder make -- he broke my heart," Hairston said. "I couldn't believe it. I thought we had a big inning there. What an unbelievable play."
It was the type of play that made Brewers manager Ron Roenicke shake his head, as he thought for sure Hairston came through with a big hit before Young snared the line drive.
"A lot of times during the game today I was questioning what was going to happen because we did have that good opportunity there," Roenicke said. "Hairston hitting that ball that Young made a great play on in center, you question that."
But while the Brewers were amazed by the catch, the D-backs saw it as just another impressive play from Young, who provided Gold Gold-quality defense all season.
"He's been running down balls like that all year long," third baseman Ryan Roberts said. "That situation that was real big for us."
So while Young's catch saved at least one run, the Brewers quickly took the lead with a two-out RBI single from Yuniesky Betancourt in the sixth. The D-backs later tied up the game in the ninth inning before ultimately losing on a walk-off single from Nyjer Morgan that scored Carlos Gomez for the winning run and sent the Brewers to the NLCS for the first time since 1982.
Hairston was certainly happy his team came through with the victory, but added he wasn't quite ready to forgive Young for his outstanding catch.
"I golf with him in the offseason so from now on, every round we're playing, he's paying for it," Hairston said with a laugh. "We won, but still, I thought we had a chance for a big inning."