Anyone that understands baseball knows that inside-the-park home runs typically only happen if someone in the outfield f*cks up. It shouldn’t take that long for an outfielder to hit the cut-off man and prevent the runner from scoring unless he trips or gets injured.
During Thursday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks, second baseman and former Brewer Jean Segura managed to hit the ball in the perfect spot in left-center field, right between Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler. When both outfielders missed and collided, the speedy Segura was able to get around the bases easily.
Unfortunately for Schwarber, things didn’t end well for him, as the young left fielder (who also happens to be a catcher) had to be carted off the field after the collision.
Luckily, X-rays came back negative, but Schwarber will still undergo an MRI to check on his ankle and knee.
“It had bad things written all over it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, via USA Today. “The guy hits the ball in the one spot that we can't cover. … I'd just rather see the ball go over the fence right there. We'd have been fine.”
Maddon is right—the Cubs were fine, ultimately winning the game in a blowout 14-6.
As for Segura, his inside-the-park homer only extends his hot start. He’s currently hitting .444 with three home runs and five RBIs just four games into the season.