Not to be outdone in terms of game-saving defensive plays, Keon Broxton tries to one-up Orlando Arcia with his home run robbery on August 30th.
With the Brewers struggling to hold on to a 6-5 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, Corey Knebel was attempting to close down a victory. Milwaukee was trying to keep pace with the Cubs for the division and stay in play for a Wild Card spot. The Brewers needed this win.
With a runner on first and two outs, Randal Grichuk stepped up to the plate against the Brewers closer.
Corey Knebel was understandably hyped about Broxton saving the game for him. The Cardinals would’ve taken the lead on that home run and the Milwaukee Brewers would have been swept at a critical point in the season.
Broxton didn’t enter the game until the eighth inning as a defensive replacement. That’s quite the replacement. It’s certainly more than Counsell was expecting.
Broxton’s catch had shades of Carlos Gomez in it. Back in 2013 Gomez made a similar catch in the exact same scenario. Joey Votto hit a deep fly ball to center field with two outs in the ninth inning and the effervescent Gomez robbed Votto at nearly the exact same spot.
If there’s any recent Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder Keon Broxton would want to be compared to defensively, Carlos Gomez is as good as it gets. Broxton has the speed and the big catch ability to play like Gomez in center field. While Broxton does have his own exuberant personality, it’s a little more tame than Gomez was. Then again, everyone is tame compared to Carlos Gomez.
But being a game saving catch late in the season to keep the Brewers in contention for the playoffs, this moment has deserved its spot at the number four spot on our list.