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Crazy Night in Baseball: Jackson Leaps a Fence, Scherzer Hits a Homer, Wade Channels Jeter & More

Last night was full of excitement all-across Major League Baseball. The first day of the month, and the first day after the trade deadline, proved to be one of the most action-packed days of the season. We have the full rundown of the most amazing things that you might have missed.

Tyler Wade Flashes His Leather & Arm

Detroit Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado hit a ball up the middle, but New York Yankees second baseman Tyler Wade ranged over to field the ball and then fired a jump throw to Chase Headley at first for the out.

Did that remind you of anyone*? 

*Derek Jeter

Catch of the Year Candidate?

In the bottom of the fifth inning with the score 7-5, Boston Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez sent a shot into deep center field with the hopes of bringing his BoSox within a run. Cleveland Indians center fielder Austin Jackson had other plans. He backed up, then backed up some more. Then, just as it seemed the ball would clear the fence, Jackson soared above the fence and quite literally snagged it as he toppled over the fence. 

 Even the Fenway Faithful gave Jackson a standing ovation. This angle really shows how impressive that catch was. 

Longoria Cycles

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria hit for the cycle in Houston last night. In his first at bat versus the Astros, Longoria got the longball portion of the cycle out of the way, right off the bat. He demolished a two-run homer into the left field porch; 404 feet. In his second AB, he took a pitch to right field and legged out a triple. Already, he had what are normally the two toughest hits of a cycle successfully completed. In his fourth AB he singled. Longoria got one more chance in the top of the 9th. The double portion nearly held him back from completing the first cycle of his career. 

In that fifth AB, he lined a hit into left field and took a hard turn around first base. He had nothing but completing the cycle in mind, and you could see it in his eyes. Without hesitation, he kept chugging towards second. At first, it seemed like he was out... the umpire even ruled him out. After further review, the replay indicated that Longoria had slid in ahead of the tag and, indeed, completed the cycle.

Lester Homers & Reaches 2,000 Ks

The Chicago Cubs demolished the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-4, but standing out even more from the lopsided score of the game was Jon Lester's all-around performance.

He went 2/2 on the day at the plate with a home run. Although he only went four innings on the mound, he still struck out nine DBacks! The final K was a huge milestone - number 2,000 of his twelve-year career.

Scherzer Homers, Then Leaves Game

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer also connected for his first career home run. He showed bunt, then pulled back and launched a solo shot into the left field porch. 

Even the San Diego Padres ballgirl got in on the excitement of the night and made an insane catch. It was on a line drive off the bat of Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar. Escobar was very impressed by the play to say the least.

We wonder what other excitement is in store for August... let alone the rest of the season!

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