SAN FRANCISCO -- An impressive defensive play from Brandon Crawford prevented an Arizona run in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 8-6 loss in extra innings, which drew the praise of manager Bruce Bochy before Wednesday's rubber game.
With runners on first and third and one out, Jose Mijares coaxed a high chopper up the middle from Ryan Wheeler. Crawford charged all the way from short to snag the grounder, tag out Miguel Montero on the way to second and fire to first to get Wheeler for the inning-ending double play.
"That was one of the better plays I've seen, especially with what was at stake with the runner on third base," Bochy said. "How heads-up it was, how quick he was, how it developed -- it was a tremendous play."
After Crawford's earlier struggles at the position this season, Bochy said that he has heard from other managers who have noted Crawford's improved and polished play, and that he feels Crawford could be a future Gold Glove candidate, if not already being one this season.
"This kid's last two, three months, I don't know who else has played better," Bochy said. "That's how good he has been."