Prado made the out in the top of the fifth inning of the Marlins' 4-2 victory Tuesday at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. Yasiel Puig was on first base after taking a walk to start the inning. Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood then stepped to the plate to face Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Chen tossed in a 90.9-mph fastball with his only offering of the exchange. Wood extended his bat into the strike zone, deflecting the pitch for a bunt down the first baseline. The ball popped up high between Marlins catch J.T. Realmuto and Chen, but neither were in a position to make a play.
But Prado got an excellent jump on the ball. He sprinted from his spot on the hot corner and dove toward the line before snatching the above the grass with his glove. He then threw to first base, but failed to double up Puig.
You don’t usually see the third baseman making a catch on the first base line … pic.twitter.com/CZCE1MJnCz— MLB (@MLB) May 16, 2018
"Sometimes you just react to plays," Prado said. "The first time I saw him i knew that he was going to bunt down first base just the way I was attacking the play. Just the second time he just hit it in the air and gave me some time to get there."
"Sometimes there are pitchers where if they see you, instead of bunting they just swing," Prado said. "So you are taking that risk."
.@Marlins third baseman Martin Prado sits down with @JessBlaylock and gets down to business of dissecting Tuesday's victory, after a brief visit from the Monkey, of course. #JuntosMiami #JustGettinStarted #MLB pic.twitter.com/QxAIdVeJNx— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 16, 2018
Prado went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run in the Marlins victory. The Marlins and Dodgers meet again at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday at Marlins Park.