CINCINNATI -- Caleb Lloyd wasn't just in the right place at the right time on Monday night. He was in the right place at the right time twice
Lloyd, a 20-year-old junior and soccer player at Thomas More College, caught back-to-back home runs off the bats of Cincinnati starting pitcher Mike Leake and shortstop Zack Cozart in the fourth inning in the Reds' 4-1 win over the Braves.
"I was blessed to catch both of them," the Cincinnati native said. "I couldn't believe. Right now, I can't believe it's happened. It's some kind of dream."
That Lloyd was even at the game is a stroke of luck. It was a last-minute decision to head to Great American Ball Park.
"My buddy actually dragged me to the game today," Lloyd said. "I was playing video games. He said, 'Come on, come to the game with me' and his uncle. I said, 'Oh that sounds good.' I decided to come to the game and I got two home run balls -- it's pretty special."
Leake's drive -- on a 1-2 pitch from Mike Minor with two outs in the fourth -- landed in the first row of seats in left field, right where Lloyd was sitting.
"The first one, I actually barehanded," Lloyd said. "It hit my hand. It didn't expect I'd actually catch it. I never caught a home run ball. I caught it and it like bounced off the palm of my hand, and I just reached out and grabbed it. It hurt really bad. I don't recommend doing it again."
Cozart's shot landed in the same general vicinity.
"The second one bounced behind me and bounced right into my lap," Lloyd said.
There would be no hat trick when Drew Stubbs followed Cozart with a third straight Reds homer in right field.
Nevertheless, Lloyd was already an in-demand celebrity. He was interviewed twice on FOX Sports Ohio and again with multiple members of the Cincinnati media.
Lloyd may have caught two home run balls, but his net from the night was zero. He gave both balls away.
"I gave the Cozart one to my buddy since his uncle got us the tickets," Lloyd said. "He was the reason I was here. The Leake ball, I gave it back, because I knew it was Leake's first Major League home run. I just want to meet him and shake his hand."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.