Braun delivers spectacular catch to rob homer

Braun delivers spectacular catch to rob homer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy called Ryan Braun's home run-robbing catch Sunday one of the best he's ever seen, and Braun gladly offered a similar analysis.

"That's definitely the best catch I've ever made," Braun said.

He also hit a two-run home run, but couldn't save the Brewers from a 9-2 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park and mathematical elimination in the National League Central. At least Braun was sure to be a fixture of the highlight shows.

In the bottom of the first inning, Braun drifted into the left-field corner to rob Giants leadoff man Cody Ross with a perfectly timed leap. Braun reached over the fence and pulled back what would have been Ross' 12th home run.

"It was right down the line," Braun said. "I didn't even think I was going to have a chance to get there, so I was pretty excited to come up with it."

He did, barely.

"I bobbled it a little bit, barely came up with it," Braun said. "I was definitely excited. You don't get too many opportunities to rob a home run."

Said Bochy: "That's one of the best I've seen. That can be a little disheartening."

"When I hit it, I thought I got it good enough," Ross said. "But ... it was an amazing play. One of the best I've ever seen, actually."

The Giants weren't down for long. Five batters later, right fielder Jose Guillen belted a grand slam for a 4-0 Giants lead. Braun could only turn and watch.

The loss went to Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson, who appreciated Braun's effort.

"That was pretty unbelievable," Narveson said. "I saw him kind of time it up and I was like, 'Is he going to catch it at the wall? What's going to happen?' I saw him jump up, and he came down with it. That was probably one of the best catches I've ever seen."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.