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Royals’ Omar Infante came up a tad short of an inside-the-park homer in Boston

Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan reaches up to tag out Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante (14) after he tried to stretch a triple into an inside the park home run during the ninth inning of Kansas City's 8-6 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.
Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan reaches up to tag out Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante (14) after he tried to stretch a triple into an inside the park home run during the ninth inning of Kansas City's 8-6 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. The Associated Press

There was a fascinating discussion between Denny Matthews and Ryan Lefebvre about inside-the-park home runs during the Royals’ 8-6 win on Sunday in Boston.

This may have slipped your memory, but there were some fans who wanted Alex Gordon to try and circle the bases in the ninth inning of game seven of last year’s World Series.

Matthews and Lefebvre were talking about how baseball players run out of gas and slow considerably on the last 90 feet of successful (and unsuccessful) inside-the-park homers.

This was fueled by Royals second baseman Omar Infante’s mad dash around the bases in the ninth inning. He came up a bit short, and that was in large part due to the muddy area around home plate. Take a look:

The Royals challenged that Infante didn’t have fair access to the plate, but the play was confirmed.

You’ll note that the out was the Play of the Game for the Red Sox broadcast. Who knew the Royals would score four runs after that and win 8-6?

What a great throw by Jackie Bradley Jr., who made a terrible attempt to catch the ball.

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