The Philadelphia Phillies were able to share a laugh after a scare in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
On a groundball hit to first baseman Carlos Santana, pitcher Aaron Nola came running towards the bag. Santana thought about flipping it to Nola but then ran over to first base only to come within inches of a nasty collision with his teammate.
Somehow, the veteran first baseman spun out of the way and tagged first base seconds before Blue Jays outfielder Dwight Smith Jr.’s foot touched the bag. Santana’s sunglasses flew off his head and he fell to the ground to end the inning.
Here’s the play, in all its glory.
A situation that could have ended in disaster involving two of Philadelphia’s key players resulted in an inning-ending out thanks to an athletic play by the 210-pound slugger.