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Dodgers NLDS: Watch Brusdar Graterol Save a Run With Incredibly Athletic Play

Dodgers pitcher Brusdar Graterol is a big dude. He’s the kind of guy who can have a nickname like “Bazooka” and you think, “I don’t know, doesn’t sound quite big enough.” Graterol is listed at 6-foot-1, 265 pounds — although we’re pretty sure he’s actually 7-foot-13 and 625 pounds — and he throws 100-MPH gas with ease.

But the big fella can really move, too. Watch him bounce off the mound and make one of the more impressive plays you’ll ever see from a pitcher his size.

With runners on first and third and one out, Trent Grisham laid down a pretty solid safety squeeze bunt toward third base. Graterol gets a lot of comebackers, so he’s always ready to field his position, and he gets a great jump as soon as Grisham squares to bunt. He charged towards the third base line and, most impressively, bare hands the ball and throws a perfect strike to catcher Will Smith, all in one motion.

That play saved a run and changed the complexion of the inning, snubbing out the Padres rally and leaving them with just a one-run lead. That one run turned out to be all San Diego needed in their 5-3 win, but at the time, this play was extremely important.

We don’t know much about heavy military artillery, but it’s probably a safe guess if you’re ever handling an actual bazooka, you shouldn’t try to do any of the things Graterol did in that clip. But it sure was fun to see the Bazooka do it.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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