Yankees: 3 defensive plays that saved Corey Kluber’s no-hitter

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Gio Urshela #29 of the New York Yankees (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Gio Urshela #29 of the New York Yankees (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

1. Gio Urshela’s amazing pick at the hot corner

Gio Urshela is beloved by Yankees fans because of his effortless lockdown defense and clutch hitting. If he’s not among your favorite Bombers, you’re not watching enough.

Whether it’s making off-balance throws, getting his leather on rocket line drives, or making plays in the shift, Urshela is as reliable as they come. And don’t let the advanced defensive metrics tell you otherwise. The eye test says it all.

Fans got more proof of that on Wednesday night in the top of the eighth inning when Rangers slugger Khris Davis stepped into the batter’s box. On a 1-0 count, he was ready to rip. And Kluber served one up right in the middle of the zone.

Davis got the barrel on it and ripped it right at Urshela, who had to play the screaming liner off a difficult hop. For the average third baseman, it would’ve been a scare. For Gio? Run of the mill play. Watch it below at 2:44:

Done and done. Not even flinching when making the long throw to first. Right on the money.

Though Kluber threw a tremendous game and was just one walk away from a perfect outing, he’s got his defense to thank on a few occasions. And he certainly did in the postgame celebration when he was hugging his teammates after the triumph.