EDWARDSVILLE, IL – You got to hand it to this dad when he says he`s got it trust him he`s got it.
Case in point, Tuesday night`s Major League Baseball game featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates versus your St. Louis Cardinals.
“Josh Bell comes up and there`d been a few balls hit to our section early on and everybody was excited thinking we`re going to get something,” says James Denton Dad Caught Foul Ball.
It was a fun family outing in some familiar seats.
“We were in 162 row eight in the middle of the first section down the third base line,” recalls Denton.
“Since 1982 we had had those seats,” says Linda Favre, Mother-in-law.
“In that time had you ever caught a ball?” asks Patrick Clark.
“No,' says Favre. 'I`m the one running away from the ball.”
One-year-old Dash was the reason they were at the game celebrating his birthday with mom Lindsey and sister Devyn.
“Heard the crack of the bat and it was coming right to us and thinking it`s close,” says Denton. “I kept thinking of the Sandlot where the guy says just stick your hand up and I`ll hit it right to you.”
A highflying foul ball was headed straight for the Denton family.
In the blink of an eye, this dad achieved quite a feat, a one-handed catch with his one-year-old in the other.
“People were saying that`s dangerous and you shouldn`t have caught the ball with a baby,” says Denton. “But my main focus was making sure my family didn`t get hit. If I catch the ball no one around me is going to get hit and that`s what happened.”
Call it the college baseball in his past, or the dad reflexes from his present day, either way, Tuesday night`s Cardinals win will be a birthday the Denton family won`t soon forget.
“If you watch the video it just sticks to my hand and stays up there,” says Denton. “It was crazy. A little bit of luck. But everybody is safe huh buddy.”
Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
St. Louis, which overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-4, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second wild card spot in the NL. Cincinnati beat Los Angeles 10-6 Monday.
Josh Harrison, Colin Moran and Starling Marte homered fo Pittsburgh, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Adams homered off Edgar Santana (2-3) to erase a 6-4 deficit.
John Brebbia (2-3) picked up the win for St. Louis, which has won two in a row.
Carlos Martinez, a former starter, picked up his third save in as many chances. He gave up run-scoring double to Josh Bell with two out. But he got Francisco Cervelli to ground out to DeJong at deep short to end the game. The play was challenged, but Cervelli was ruled out after a video review.
St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright, making his first start since May 13, gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. He retired the last eight batters after giving up three runs in the third.
Matt Carpenter walked to start the go-ahead rally. Jose Martinez followed with a hit to set the stage for Adams' heroics.
Harrison broke a 4-4 tie with a solo shot off Chasen Shreve in sixth. Adam Frazier added a run-scoring hit for a 6-4 lead.
The Cardinals scored four times in the fourth off Trevor Williams, who had allowed just four earned runs over his previous nine starts. Paul DeJong had a two-run double and scored on Harrison Bader's game-tying sacrifice fly.
Williams allowed six hits, struck out six and didn't walk a batter.
Moran homered in the second off Wainwright, who struck out three and did not walk a batter. Marte ripped a two-run shot in the third, his 19th of the season, for a 3-0 lead.
St. Louis is 33-18 under manager Mike Shildt, who took over for Mike Matheny on July 15.