Turner robs Utley with diving grab

Turner robs Utley with diving grab

WASHINGTON -- Just because the Nationals entered Thursday night's National League Division Series Game 5 needing starting pitcher Max Scherzer to be at his best, does not mean they planned to have Scherzer do it all himself.

To that end, center fielder Trea Turner made a sensational diving catch on the game's first play, robbing Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley of a hit in a game Los Angeles went on to win, 4-3.

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 7 LAD 4, WAS 3 video
Gm 2 Oct. 9 WSH 5, LAD 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 10 WAS 8, LAD 3 video
Gm 4 Oct. 11 LAD 6, WAS 5 video
Gm 5 Oct. 13 LAD 4, WSH 3 video

When Utley lifted a sinking fly ball to left-center field, Turner sprinted more than 74 feet to his right to track it down, according to Statcast™, reaching a top speed of 21 mph.

At the end of his run, Turner -- a shortstop by trade -- dove full-extension, transforming Utley's would-be hit into a flyout. Scherzer went on to record a perfect top of the first.

Anthony DiComo has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2008. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.