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Surkamp glad flying glove avoided contact

Surkamp glad flying glove avoided contact

SEATTLE -- If Eric Surkamp had better aim with his glove, the White Sox might have suffered a walk-off loss Saturday night of the oddest of varieties.

Pinch-runner Chris Denorfia was on first base with one out in the ninth inning of a 1-1 tie, when the left-handed Surkamp was brought in to face the left-handed-hitting Kyle Seager. Seager hit a grounder up the middle that Surkamp spun quickly and appeared to throw his glove at, although Surkamp said it was an accidental move. According to Rule 7.05c, a runner is awarded three bases, "if a fielder deliberately throws his glove at and touches a fair ball."

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"I wasn't thinking of it at the time that it happened," said Surkamp, who added his hand was kind of sweaty and the glove flew off when he tried to make a stab at it. "After the fact, I kind of knew. I've always known that was a rule. Just lucky that didn't hit the ball."

The White Sox four-game losing streak came to an end in the 10th inning, after Seager's grounder against Surkamp resulted in a double play.

"That would have been a tough way to lose," Surkamp said.

"At least the ball went past, but I was a little concerned," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I've seen it happen before, where a guy threw his glove and hit it. I think the game would have been over. I think it's a triple, isn't it? That would have been a bummer."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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