As the ball dropped towards the outfield grass, so also did the collective hearts of Boston Red Sox fans. Then in an instant, Andrew Benintendi’s miraculous catch saved the game and now puts the Red Sox one game shy of a trip to the World Series.
Boston’s heart was pounding in the ninth inning after Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases and faced Alex Bregman, Houston’s best hitter, in the biggest moment. Bregman lined it into left field, if it dropped the Astros would almost certainly win, but another magical moment happened for the Red Sox.
WHAT A CATCH FROM BENINTENDI!!!! pic.twitter.com/UalEr3Ff6Z
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) October 18, 2018
Benintendi timed his dive perfectly and snuck his glove under the ball right before it hit the ground, delivering the biggest play of the series and saving Kimbrel from an embarrassing blown save.
A moment that will go down as one of the best defensive plays in postseason history lit up social media as Twitter erupted to the incredible moment that swung the entire series.
LITTLE BABY BENINTENDI
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) October 18, 2018
BENINTENDI JUST SAVED THE SERIES AND SAVED ME FROM HAVING A HEART ATTACK
— Korey O'Brien (@koreyobrienTV) October 18, 2018
I changed my mind whether Benintendi had it or not like five times during that fraction of a second when the ball was in the air.
— Scott White (@CBSScottWhite) October 18, 2018
MOOD AFTER THAT BENINTENDI CATCH AHHHHH pic.twitter.com/G56h56OIpT
— joon (@joonlee) October 18, 2018
Happy birthday, Alex Cora. He's 43 today.
Andrew Benintendi is all set with a present.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 18, 2018
Thank god for Benintendi ? pic.twitter.com/YJmeoYGQhX
— Taylor Budge (@Taylor_Budge) October 18, 2018
Kimbrel owes Benintendi a beer or 100.
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) October 18, 2018