Adrian snatches screaming liner to save run

Seager's defense also shines to secure 1-0 win

Adrian snatches screaming liner to save run

LOS ANGELES -- Four-time Gold Glover Adrian Gonzalez flashed the leather yet again and preserved a shutout for the Dodgers in the sixth inning of Sunday's 1-0 win over the Cubs.

The Cubs put runners on the corners with two outs against right-hander Jesse Chavez with Jason Heyward up to bat. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Chavez for southpaw Grant Dayton to face the left-handed Heyward, who registered the only two hits the Cubs had against starter Brock Stewart.

Heyward smacked a 103 mph line drive to Gonzalez's right, according to Statcast™, but the first baseman made an immediate lunge for the ball and hauled it in to preserve the tie. It was a play that astounded Vin Scully, who exclaimed, "It was like catching an echo! He didn't even see the ball!"

"I didn't even see the ball off the bat," Roberts said. "At Dodger Stadium, it's tough in the day, but fortunately Adrian, not swift of foot, but he's got good hands."

Gonzalez wasn't even the defensive star of the game though, as Corey Seager made a pair of excellent plays to keep the Cubs scoreless. After he and Charlie Culberson collided on an Addison Russell pop fly in the eighth inning, the shortstop managed to catch the ball with his free right hand and end the inning.

Seager bobbles, catches pop fly

"Pure reflexes," Seager said. "We kinda canceled each other out. We didn't really hear each other, we were both focused on the ball. You don't want to take your eye off it. Fortunately, we ended up catching that out."

Seager had another great play in the ninth, making a backhanded pick at a Javier Baez grounder and throwing across the infield to get him out.

Seager's fine defensive play

Jack Baer is a reporter for based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.