Then he looked up at the sky and caught a lead-expanding two-run homer hit by teammate Ozzie Albies. The relief pitcher didn’t even have to move off the bullpen mound.
“Every closer should be called into the game by a guy hitting a homer to them while they’re warming up,” MLB.com reporter Matt Monagan tweeted.
Melancon later posted a viral clip of the moment and quoted an old John Fogerty song: “Look at me, I can be, centerfield!”
The good vibes continued. Melancon retired the Dodgers in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure the Braves’ 5-1 victory and a 1-0 lead in the series.
The series, being played at the Texas Rangers’ stadium in Arlington, Texas, resumes Tuesday.
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