"It paid off," Wedge said. "Putting Ackley in center and Saundo in right was big for us. I like Michael in all three spots, but in right field he arguably helps us as much as anything, just because there's so much more ground and you're trying to keep runners from going to first and third and you've got a lot more going on out there than most people realize."
Ackley made the game-ending catch, but it was Saunders who hauled in a ball that looked like trouble from the moment it was crushed by Maxwell.
"Off the bat I thought it was in the gap," Saunders said. "Being a righty, the ball kind of tailed back toward me a little bit and I was able to run it down."
Wilhelmsen appreciated it more than anyone as he went on to record his second save in as many nights against the Astros.
"That was the play of the day," said Wilhelmsen. "He closed down on that sucker so fast. That ball was smoked. I was like 'Holy cow.' He was full extension. Incredible catch."
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