The Phillies have built another solid lead today against the Braves, and the energy is once again VERY HIGH in Philadelphia, as punctuated by a home run.
Yesterday, it was Rhys Hoskins with the bat spike, and today it was J.T. Realmuto with an INSIDE-THE-PARK-HOMER in the dang playoffs:
As soon as it became clear that Michael Harris II was not going to catch it, you knew the ball was going a long way. Such is the funky out field at Citizens Bank. Realmuto, in his home park, was smart to keep cooking in the bases, because he recognized he was going to have a chance. Realmuto is pretty fast – not just “for a catcher.” He’s just fast.
Also? That’s the first inside-the-park homer by a catcher in POSTSEASON HISTORY.
No idea where Ronald Acuña Jr. was in right field on that one. I know you wouldn’t necessarily be sprinting over toward center on a play like that, but maybe a trot? And then as soon as you see the carom, couldn’t you be closer to the ball than Harris?
Anyway, another big and fun moment in the playoffs for these Phillies.