Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox was the victim of some unfortunate luck on Thursday afternoon.
With Chicago closer Daniel Robertson trying to cling to a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Oakland Athletics slugger Billy Butler crushed a deep drive to right field. Garcia, who leads the AL in outfield assists and is one of the more consistently above-average defenders, ranged back and jumped at the wall. He caught the ball, but his momentum carried the glove over the edge and the ball popped out for a three-run homer.
For the Sox, it was agonizingly close to an amazing catch that would have kept the game tied. For Butler and the A's, it was a miraculous turn of events.
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Butler has had an extremely tough first season in Oakland, hitting just .254/.325/.392 with 13 home runs and a -0.6 WAR entering play Friday, but he's hit .368/.419/.632 so far in September. Moments like Thursday's haven't come often for him in 2015, but the A's would like to see this hot streak carry over into next season.