Already down by four runs in the second inning, the St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t afford to fall behind the Boston Red Sox anymore in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.
They did as Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright gave up a sacrifice fly, giving Boston a 5-0 lead at the time, though it could have been far worse.
With David Ortiz at the plate and the bases loaded for the Red Sox, Wainwright tossed a beach ball to the Boston slugger who hit a screaming drive out to right field, looking incredibly similar to Ortiz’s grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Championship series.
Moving back was Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, who used every inch of the leather to pull Ortiz’s potential grand slam home run out of the Red Sox’s bullpen and back into the field of play. The runner on third base did score for the Red Sox, as mentioned above, but the incredible grab did save three runs at minimum.
Beltran, who hit the wall extremely hard was forced to leave the game and was replaced by Shane Robinson.