Curtis Granderson made two outstanding plays in the outfield and hit his Yankees-best 25th home run in Sunday's 10-8 loss to the Angels.
He made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch just before hitting the centerfield wall to deny Mike Trout an extra-base hit in the third. Given Trout's speed, it might have saved an inside-the-park homer.
"I was in my normal depth that I like to play and I just knew I had to go back and get to it," said Granderson, who was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a bases-loaded walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. "Wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get underneath, if he hit it far enough where it was going to go over the fence or not. By the time I was able to look up, I saw I still had some room and was able to reel it in."
He made the catch and somehow was able to bring his left arm in before hitting the wall.
"It's an unbelievable catch," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Trout's taken so many away from us, it was nice to get him for a change."
Granderson flashed the leather again in the sixth when he ran to his left and made a diving catch on a drive to right-centerfield by Alberto Callaspo, turning a potential extra-base hit into a sacrifice fly.
"Just had to go lateral more so and wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get to it to be able to make a play on it," Granderson said. "The good thing about days like [Sunday] when it's so dense and it's so humid out there, the ball kind of hangs up a little bit so it helps you get underneath it."
With the Yankees trailing 10-7, the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Granderson gave the crowd a momentary thrill when he clubbed a long foul down the rightfield line before working lefthander Scott Downs -- who threw curveball after curveball -- for a grind-it-out eight-pitch walk.
"The main thing was try to get something up in the zone and hopefully put it in play," Granderson said. "Got a couple of pitches, hit them foul, and then after that was able to draw the walk and pass the bat to the next guy."
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the next guy, Alex Rodriguez, popped up to end it.