Another game, another remarkable catch from center fielder Brandon Barnes. At least it seems that way.
Barnes’ fourth-inning catch of a ball hit by Chris Young during Houston’s 5-4 home win over Oakland on Tuesday was chosen as the No. 1 play of the day on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
“Growing up that’s what I always wanted to do, I wanted to be in top 10, I wanted to be No. 1,” said Barnes. “Thank God I get the opportunity to be No. 1.”
On the play, it looked like hit from the get-go, but Barnes has an uncanny ability to turn hits into outs. Running in at full speed to his right, Barnes dove at the last moment and corralled the ball for the second out of the inning.
All season Barnes has been making the highlights on a regular basis. He had two catches this season in a game versus the Angels that both were chosen No. 1 that night on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter.
Barnes, along with outfielder J.D. Martinez, are not in the Houston lineup on Wednesday in the series finale with Oakland. Both were taken out early in Tuesday’s game. Barnes has a mild left calf strain and Martinez a lower back contusion sustained when he collided with Justin Maxwell in the outfield in the ninth inning.
Barnes tweaked his calf in his second at-bat running down to first base.
“The calf is still a little sore,” said Barnes. “I feel better today than I thought I was going to. By taking the day off I’ll be ready hopefully tomorrow. I want to be out there but I don’t want to hurt the team.”