The second inside-the-park home run of the 2018 Major League Baseball season has been hit by … Edwin Encarnacion? We know that sounds wrong, but we can assure you the Cleveland Indians’ designated hitter made it happen.
While Encarnacion is known for his pop, he’s not exactly the fastest player in the game. In order to pick up an inside-the-park home run, he needed to get some help from the Los Angeles Angels’ defense.
You won’t see any part of that play by Upton on the next Tom Emanski instructional video. Upton failed to make the catch on a ball driven near the foul pole in left. After the ball bounced in fair territory, Upton completely gave up on it.
It’s clear from the video that Upton thought the ball was foul, but it was far too close to the line for him to make the judgement. He turned around and slowly walked toward the ball as Encarnacion charged around the bases.
It didn’t get much better once Upton reached the ball. His relay throw was totally off line, landing in between the cutoff man and the infielders. That allowed Encarnacion to cross home without a throw.
The whole thing led to this fantastic tweet from the team’s Twitter account.
That was, somehow, Encarnacion’s second career inside-the-park home run. His first came in 2007, when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds.
If you had money on Encarnacion belting an inside-the-park home run this season, you’re probably a rich person now. After you pick up your massive winnings, consider sending some Upton’s way. None of this would be possible without him, after all.
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Edwin Encarnacion through the years
Edwin Encarnacion through the years
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 1: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off or starting pitcher Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a game at Safeco Field on April 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Edwin Encarnacion of the Cincinnati Reds on February 26, 2004 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images) (Mandatory Copyright: Copyright 2004 MLB Photos)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 24: Edwin Encarnacion #12 of the Cincinnati Reds fields a ball off the broken bat of Jose Guillen #6 of the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning April 24, 2006 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion (L) dives to tag the feet of Chicago Cubs base runner Matt Murton (R) for the out during the third inning of play in their MLB baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 5, 2007. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES)
Toronto Blue Jays base runners Vernon Wells and Edwin Encarnacion (R) celebrate after they scored runs on a Travis Snider single against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto September 21, 2009.
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Toronto Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion leaves the dugout as their American League MLB baseball game against the Detroit Tigers is cancelled due to rain in Detroit, Michigan July 23, 2010. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion enters the field before his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, California, August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Toronto Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion lays at second base after being tagged out in the ninth inning of the Jays season opening MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk(UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion grounds out but scores Melky Cabrera against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri April 14, 2013. REUTERS/Dave Kaup (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Feb 25, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) poses for a photo at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) rounds the bases on his two run home run during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. New York Yankees won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits a walk off home run to beat the Baltimore Orioles during the eleventh inning in the American League wild card playoff baseball game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Edwin Encarnacion speaks with members of the media after a workout at the Goodyear Ballpark practice fields. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) celebrates his solo home run in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports