October 12, 2020 | 6:29pm
The Rays’ Manuel Margot makes a spectacular catch in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Manuel Margot is doing it all for the Rays — including one of the best defensive plays of the postseason.
The Tampa Bay right fielder, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Monday at Petco Park, flipped over the wall along down the right field line to get his team out of a jam in the second.
With runners on second and third and two outs, the Astros’ George Springer sliced a ball to right. Margot had to put his glove up to battle the sun as he sprinted toward the wall. Just before hitting it, the 26-year-old extended his glove to snare the ball before flipping over the rail and awkwardly landing on the ground. Margot quickly popped up to show he had held on for the out, ending the Astros thread and preserving the Rays’ 3-0 lead.
The Rays have put an emphasis on premium defense and run prevention during their run to an AL East title and now the ALCS. Margot’s grab is another example of that.