Scott Oberg's glove flew off, but he still scrambled and recovered to make the play
Scott Oberg was in a tight situation during the Rockies' 6-5 win on Saturday against the D-backs. After retiring the first two batters of the seventh, a walk to A.J. Pollock and consecutives singles by Steven Souza Jr. and Nick Ahmed had tied the game at 5 with the D-backs threatening for more.
The next batter, Chris Owings, cracked Oberg's second pitch back up the middle. Oberg was lucky to get a glove on it, but there was a problem -- the glove came off.
So, it was off to the races for the barehanded Oberg:
Look at him go.
"I think I was about as calm as I could've been," Oberg said to MLB.com's Thomas Harding after the game. "But that was more of an instinctual play. Just stay with the ball, don't worry about the glove, go pick up the ball and throw him out. Do what you have to do."
Somehow, Oberg not only got to the ball in a hurry, but threw a strike from his knees to first, nicking Owings by a step. If he was even a second late, the D-backs would have taken the lead.
"That was a bullet," said manager Bud Black in praise of Oberg. "Great reaction, and a great reaction to get up and make the play. That was a hell of a play."
Thanks to Oberg, the score indeed remained tied until pinch-hitter Tom Murphy put the Rockies in front with a solo homer in the eighth, his first blast in nearly two years. Oberg's teammates in the bullpen made sure the lead held up, and the Rockies triumphed. Oberg got the win, which wasn't a first for him. Having his glove knocked off though? That was new.
Asked if he'd ever seen that kind of comebacker, Oberg said, "I'm sure I have, but I don't think a glove's ever flown off my hand before."