The Pittsburgh Pirates held on for a tight victory at home over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. With a final score of 3-1, run prevention was key to success in this game.
Josh Harrison, one of a number of crazy athletic outfielders in the Pirates organization, helped the cause when he laid out for this impressive diving catch.
This was certainly a risk-reward kind of play. With the angle Harrison took and the way that he dove, if that ball gets by him there would have surely been extra bases as center fielder Andrew McCutchen scrambled over to get the ball. But Harrison, having already made some spectacular plays this season, must have had a good beat on it and a good sense that this was a play he could make.
The Pirates host the Nats for three more games this weekend; they will hope to put together some more wins and use a series against an NL contender to re-launch what has been a disappointing season thus far.