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Erik Kratz’s Huge Collision at Home in GIF, Video, and Photos

May 24, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

The Phillies lost on Friday night in the opening game of their series with the Nationals down in DC. One of the few highlights for the Philadelphia side was when Ben Revere threw a guy out at the plate (!) in the 4th inning on what would turn out to be a pretty viscous collision between Tyler Moore and Erik Kratz.

You can watch the video of the blow above or check out the GIF below.

Hell of a play by Kratz to survive that collision with the ball in hand. The rest of the night did not end so positively for the Phils. Kyle Kendrick did not have his best stuff and the Phils’ defense was ugly. More on the loss here. Check out the (kind of hilarious) photo of Ben Revere badly misplaying a flyball here.

Here’s what Revere said of the failed attempt, via Jim Salisbury’s game recap:

“It tipped my glove,” Revere said. “Because I was playing a couple of steps in, the ball kind of got ahead me. It was a situation where you’ve got the wind and you’re trying to find your position at the wall. In normal conditions, I probably catch that ball.”

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GIF by @dhm

Couple of photos of the collision and Ben Revere by USA Today Sports photos

  1. Andy Schreiber - May 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Kratz!

    He had a great play at the plate last season too. Throw from Shane got there at the same time as the runner. No idea how he held onto the ball & made the tag.

    One tough dude.

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  2. Petey Boy - May 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I am a Phils fan, but we caught a break on the Kratz play. At no time did I actually see him tag the runner, am I missing something here?

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    • Mike - May 25, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Actually if you watch it slowed down some when the runner first makes contact Kratz’s arms are out in front he has the ball in his hand inside his glove and the runner clearly bumps him straight on and that’s what makes it look like he didn’t touch him because of his arms flying out to the sides.

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  3. Mike - May 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I have 2 things I’m curious about these kind of plays.

    1 – The runner saw Kratz had the ball secured about 5-6 steps maybe before the collision, I mean I guess maybe that was the only way he felt he’d get called safe is if he lodged the ball loose, but as a player wouldn’t you be a little pissed he just didn’t slow up? Maybe im just being an idiot about this…

    2 – As a catcher when do you stop being the body bag on the hit? Kratz knew he was gonna be nailed so he got up to his feet, I would have liked to see him maybe lower the should and drop the runner instead of just waiting to be trucked..

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