PHILADELPHIA -- Had Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin not suffered a strained left hip flexor Sunday, Chris Denorfia probably wouldn't have found himself in center field in the seventh inning.
It's a good thing he was there, though, because Denorfia pulled back a certain two-run home run by Raul Ibanez, leaping at the wall in center field with his glove extended over the fence.
Prior to the Padres' 5-4 win over the Phillies on Monday, members of the Padres were still buzzing.
"That was a hell of a catch," Padres manager Bud Black said on Monday.
The Padres lost the game, 5-3, though Denorfia's catch wasn't lost on his teammates, his manager, the sold-out crowd at Citizens Bank Park -- which gave him a standing ovation -- or even Denorfia's parents, who drove from their home in Connecticut to watch the game.
"The angle was as such where I ended up running straight back, and I had a chance to look at the fence a couple of times," said Denorfia, who stole home on Monday. "It's a timing play."
On Thursday in Miami, Maybin made a similar catch in the first inning of a victory over the Marlins, robbing former teammate Logan Morrison of a home run with a catch at the wall in center field at Sun Life Stadium.
"We've had some good catches," Black said.