They call baseball a game of inches. You don’t need to tell that to Adolis Garcia.
With two on in the seventh inning, he hit a ball that looked like it cleared the yellow railing in Tropicana Field for his first major league home run. But, it turns out, he missed clearing it by less than a half inch.
The ball ricocheted off the yellow railing and Garcia realized he could get his first home run out of this anyway, just an inside-the-park kind.
He chugged around the bases and, like the two men on before him, headed for home. Where he was thrown out. By less than a half inch. He had to settle for his first major league triple.
Combine the distances he missed a home run on both ends of the play and it might not even measure an inch.
It’s a cruel game sometimes. But his triple broke open the game and helped his team cruise to a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay.
No matter how you measure that, it’s huge.