Face-plant payback? Yelich robs Dyson at wall

Last season, Seattle OF (then with KC) made great grab of Miami hitter's drive

Face-plant payback? Yelich robs Dyson at wall

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich got a measure of revenge against Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson, and he got a busted lip in the process.

In the first inning of Miami's 10-5 loss at Safeco Field on Wednesday afternoon, Dyson laced a long drive that Yelich clutched while running face-first into the wall.

Yelich planted into the padding and retained possession while tumbling backward to the ground. Initially dazed, the 25-year-old regrouped, stayed in the game and even delivered an opposite-field home run off Felix Hernandez.

Yelich's solo homer

But it was the face-first catch that made a lasting impression.

"I was like, 'I'm eating this wall,' you know?" Yelich said. "It's just one of those things where you've got to make a decision halfway there whether you're going to pull up or you're going to eat it. Sometimes you just gotta eat it. That's what happened, and luckily, I made the catch and was able to hold on. I definitely felt it, and I'm going to feel it for the next few days, but it happens. It's part of the game."

Statcast: Yelich's great catch

It also was payback for last year when Dyson, then with the Royals, robbed Yelich in one of the best catches of the 2016 season.

"That hurt a little bit, for sure," Yelich said. "But he got me last year. He robbed me of a homer last year. I remembered that. I told him I was going to get him, and I finally did. I told him last year after he robbed me. And as we came off the field, I said, 'Now we're even.' We passed each other. It's one of those plays."

Must C: Yelich's fearless catch

Per Statcast™, the hit probability on the liner was 73 percent. The exit velocity was 101.3 mph, and the estimated distance was 398 feet. The catch had a 46 percent catch probability and was a four-star play (with five stars being the most difficult).

When Dyson was with the Royals last year on Aug. 25 at Marlins Park, he ran down a long drive by Yelich and made a leaping catch at the wall.

Fair tradeoff?

Dyson on DP, Yelich's catch

"Yeah, but I don't like hits getting taken from me," Dyson said. "I thought I was going to get a hit there, but it comes with the game. I robbed him of a homer last year. He got me for extra bases today. I can't say much to him but, 'Great job.'"

Dyson robs Yelich of homer

With Dyson's speed, he may have been able to stretch it to a triple, if the ball fell.

Another twist: Edinson Volquez was on the mound for both great catches -- with the Marlins on Wednesday, and with the Royals last August.

Yelich had a busy day, going 3-for-5 with the home run in the fifth inning. According to Statcast™, it was projected to travel 415 feet with an exit velocity of 107.8 mph.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.