ATLANTA -- Braves second baseman Dan Uggla and shortstop Tyler Pastornicky were happy that they were able to laugh about the potentially disastrous play Friday that now stands as the most acrobatic catch in Uggla's career.
"That could have been very ugly," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That was a heck of a play."
Those were the somewhat contrasting thoughts many had when Uggla and Pastornicky both raced into shallow center field to catch Nate McLouth's pop fly with two outs in the seventh inning. As the rookie shortstop was attempting to make an over-the-shoulder grab, the veteran second baseman dove in front of him and gloved the ball with his left arm extended toward left-center field.
After smacking the ground, a seemingly surprised Uggla rose to his knees to show the umpires he had secured the catch.
"I didn't know where anybody was," Uggla said. "I really didn't know where I was. It hurt a lot worse than I thought it was going to hurt. But it was all worth it."
Uggla did not make eye contact with Pastornicky before making the catch and feeling the young shortstop tumble over him.
"I never glanced over at him. I glanced at [center fielder Michael Bourn] when I was running out. Then I felt him right when I caught the ball. I was like, 'What are you doing? Get off me.' But then I looked at the replay and I took the ball from him."