It was some kind of miracle for the Los Angeles Angels Friday night when what looked like a home run for the Blue Jays suddenly wasn’t.
Outfielder J.B. Shuck ran back for the ball smacked off Jose Bautista’s bat and when he reached the fence, jumped straight up to make the catch — then found himself tumbling backward into the stands, ball still in hand for the out.
“I don’t know if you’re going to see a better play than that,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told MLB.com of the fourth-inning play. “That was incredible.”
The Angels went on to beat the Blue Jays 7-5.
“He hit it pretty high so I had time to get back to the wall,” Shuck told MLB.com. “It started coming down, I knew I would have a chance at it and just jumped and tried to go get it. I don’t really know what happened after that.”
“I think I kind of landed on the backside of the wall and slid down it,” he continued. “I went into the front row and I don’t think I got any people or any seats. I think I got somebody’s shirt, though. On the way out, my foot got caught on somebody’s shirt, so hopefully I didn’t rip it up.”