LOS ANGELES -- As a former pitcher, it's no small wonder why Padres manager Bud Black enjoyed a fine defensive play.
That held true Friday when Black got a kick out of the diving catch center fielder Cameron Maybin made in left-center field to rob the Dodgers' A.J. Ellis of an extra-base hit.
Maybin's catch comes on the heels of the fine grab he made on the last day of the first half, a leaping grab at the wall at Petco Park on July 8 to rob the Reds' Joey Votto of an extra-base hit and possibly a home run.
"They're up there," Black said when asked how he rated those catches in consecutive games by Maybin. "The one at Petco was one of the best of the year."
That said, Black said there was something about the catch Maybin had in the fifth inning Friday to rob Ellis that really stood out to him.
"That's one of my favorite catches ... when the outfielder is horizontal to the ground," Black said.
After making the catch, Maybin remained on the grass for a moment before slowly climbing to his feet. Maybin told Black afterward that the contact with the ground after the grab momentarily robbed him of his breath.
"That's a play that when you see a guy go down, it's like, 'Get up, get up.' And he got up," Black said.