Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was left staring at his glove in disbelief last night when a ball appeared to fly straight through it.
Hosmer was hoping to take a regulation line drive ball at first base but the ball, smashed at him by Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, cut through the fielder’s glove in a freak occurrence. The action was captured on CBSSPORTS.com and the GIF looks like a trick on the eye as the ball shoots into Hosmer’s glove and straight out the back without any deviation to its flight.
According to CBS, the baseball was hit so sweetly that it ripped Hosmer’s mitt between the thumb and the index finger. A baffled Hosmer required a change in equipment before the next pitch.
Unfortunately for the Rays, they were unable to profit from the broken glove. Omar Infante was backing up and sent the loose ball back to Hosmer who was able to take the catch despite his broken mitt.
Hosmer stranded Kiermaier in a 3-4-3 putout to keep the momentum with the visiting side but it was the batter who had the last laugh as his Rays side won 4-3. The win was just the third victory in 12 games for the Rays (42-51) against the Royals (46-43) this season.
The win reignited the Rays faint hope of making the playoffs. They improved to nine games behind league leaders Baltimore Orioles as they did not play last night.
The Royals slumped to four and a half games behind Detroit Tigers at the top of the American League Central division but kept hold of their .500+ win percentage which will be vital to maintain between now and the post-season.
Despite the strange glove malfunction the Rays will need to improve all aspects of their game if they still have aspirations of reaching of the playoffs.
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