With Rays left fielder Joey Butler on first and nobody out in the top of the fourth inning of the Royals’ 9-5 win in the first game Tuesday, Royals pitcher Chris Young threw over to first to keep Butler close.
The throw was right on target to first baseman Eric Hosmer, but the ball somehow got by him and allowed Butler to advance to second.
Turns out, the webbing in Hosmer’s glove was broken, and the expression “Do you have a hole in your glove?” suddenly was a valid question for the two-time Gold Glover.
Hosmer dashed back to the clubhouse to retrieve his backup mitt, causing a brief delay.
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Bunt double for Escobar
Shortstop Alcides Escobar’s 14th double of the season was by far the shortest.
With two outs in the eighth, Escobar popped up a bunt. Reliever Everett Teaford, a former Royal, dived for the ball near the third-base line and his glove knocked the ball into foul territory away.
Escobar hustled to second base, and because no error was ruled on the play, he had a double.