Watch: Mariners 2B Dee Gordon lays out for incredible game-saving catch
The Mariners acquired Dee Gordon in the offseason with the intention of using him in center field, a position he had never played as a professional, and he proved he had an acumen for the spot with numerous diving plays in his short time there.
Now back at his natural position of second base, he showed off some of that center field flair with perhaps the most spectacular defensive play of the year for the Mariners.
Gordon dove for a sinking liner up the middle by his Angels counterpart, Ian Kinsler, coming up with maybe the greatest catch you’ll ever see made by an infielder.
It wasn’t just a great catch; it was a game-saver, too. The Mariners led 4-1 at that moment, but setup man Alex Colomé had found his way into trouble in the eighth inning. Runners were on second and third for Kinsler’s plate appearance, and had Gordon not made his ridiculous catch the Angels would have scored at least cut Seattle’s lead to two runs and brought the go-ahead run to the plate.
By the way, it wasn’t just Gordon’s glove that had an impact on the Mariners’ 4-1 win. He was 2 for 4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI.
Gordon played 39 games in center field before moving back to second base following Robinson Canó’s suspension. If Gordon keeps up his stellar defensive play, he might just add a 2018 American League Gold Glove to go with his NL award from his 2015 season with Miami.