In the top of the fourth inning Monday, beefy Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez bombed a pitch from Yonny Chirinos. Chirinos knew that the ball was sailing deep and looked away in frustration. Luckily for him, Kevin Kiermaier was there to save the day, as he so often is.
Talk about a taking one for the team.
After crashing straight into the wall for one of the best catches of the year, Kiermaier brushed it off like it was no big deal. Back at the mound, Chirinos held both arms up in complete disbelief. Just a perfect scene.
Chirinos didn't waste this opportunity, as he finished his five innings pitched without giving up a single hit. Meanwhile, Kiermaier continues to be one of the best defensive outfielders in the league. The Rays' pitchers should all be pretty confident with him as a safety net behind them.