Lorenzo Cain estimates he has hit three inside-the-park home runs in his career, and he knows the reality of the phenomenon. “Everything’s got to work out for you,” he said after hitting the first such homer in more than four seasons for the Royals.
The elements aligned for Cain in the seventh inning of a 9-5 loss to the Tigers on Monday. Justin Verlander looped a curveball over the plate. Cain bent down and drove the ball into the gap in right-center field.
From here, Cain can tell the tale:
“I got under it a little bit,” he said. “But I still hit it solid. As I’m running, I’m looking, looking, looking to see if they’re going to catch it.
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“I noticed Torii Hunter had it, and then the guy ran into him. I just saw the ball fly out. I had to just turn it on, see what happens.”
The collision between Hunter and center fielder Don Kelly sent Hunter spinning. His glove flew in one direction. The ball skidded in another. Hunter cracked the back of his head on the Comerica Park grass as he fell.
Kelly ran after Hunter’s glove. Hunter pointed him toward the ball. By the time Kelly picked it up, Cain was already rounding third. He could not hide his smile after he crossed the plate. It was the team’s first inside-the-parker since David DeJesus hit one on April 23, 2010.
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