Cardinals vs. Nationals: Jon Jay's extraordinary catch stops Washington rally in 6th

The Washington Nationals were hitting seemingly everything out to the warning track in the fifth and sixth innings on Monday, chasing Lance Lynn with back-to-back home runs, and the first batter Joe Kelly saw, Danny Espinosa, had much the same experience. He hit a hard liner over center fielder Jon Jay's head—a sure double and a probable triple. And Jon Jay, sprinting toward the wall, leaped and caught it anyway, taking a face-full of padding with him.

You could try to put it in words in a million ways, though I'd probably wait to hear Mike Shannon tell it if you could. But these screenshots from Viva El Birdos regular and comment-collapser mojowo11 might explain it better:

So that's Jon Jay, making Busch Stadium erupt, making Joe Kelly really happy, and shutting down what could have been the Nationals' second rally in as many innings with a catch that made everybody think, pretty justifiably, "Jim Edmonds."

After a Carlos Beltran home run in the bottom of the inning the Cardinals lead the Nationals 8-3. Were it not for Jay's willingness to break his nose on a semi-regular basis, this could be a much different game.

UPDATE: It's been gif'd. Enjoy:

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