New York Yankees shortstop Gio Urshela could have made the defensive play of the yr in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday given the gravity of the ultimate day of the 2021 common season.

The Yankees had the shift on for Rays batter Austin Meadows within the prime of the sixth inning. Meadows popped the ball up in foul territory. Urshela and catcher Gary Sanchez gave chase.

Gio Urshela ran full speed to track the ball down.

Gio Urshela ran full velocity to trace the ball down.
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It appeared Sanchez was going to let the ball drop into the Rays dugout. But Urshela sprinted close to the highest of the dugout, caught the ball and dove onto the Rays’ bench. The umpire dominated that Urshela caught the ball in one of the vital wonderful performs of the yr.

Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out in the bottom of the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on October 03, 2021 in New York City.

Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees reacts after hanging out within the backside of the third inning in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on October 03, 2021 in New York City.
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Urshela was limping when he exited the dugout. His catch drew a ton of response on social media.

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The Yankees infielder got here into the sport hitting .269 with a .725 OPS and 14 dwelling runs. New York wanted the out to get some momentum late within the recreation because it appears to be like to wrap up an American League wild-card spot.

Jameson Taillon started the game for the Yankees.

Jameson Taillon began the sport for the Yankees.
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New York wanted to win the sport to keep away from a possible tiebreaker for the playoff spot. The Yankees had been making an attempt to clinch all weekend however have been in peril of being swept by the American League East champion Rays.