Sometimes, a baseball doesn't want to get caught.
On Wednesday night, a pop fly off the bat of Nationals pitcher Joe Ross was begging to hit the ground, but wound up in the webbing of Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s glove.
Ross, who doubled earlier in the game, skied a 2–1 heater down the first base line with no one out in the top of the fifth. As Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley closed in on the ball, he realized he had overshot its landing spot. So, Utley stuck his glove in the air, and tipped it toward Gonzalez, who was in the perfect position to make the play. The ball bounced off the unsuspecting Gonzalez, and nearly slipped off his leg and on to the dirt before he snared it.
As Utley walked back to the diamond, he seemed befuddled, contemplating the steps he had taken in life to get to that spot. Many watching at home did the same thing.
Ross and Dodgers youngster Julio Urias yielded two runs apiece through five innings.