Baserunning hijinks cost the Marlins a home run, and then gave them a home run
In their 4-1 win over the Brewers on Monday night, the Marlins demonstrated what the professionals call cosmic balance on the basepaths: They lost a run on some baserunning hijinks early in the game, then got one back on some more baserunning hijinks late in the game. At the end of it all, an even ledger. Let us explain ...
In the second inning, J.T. Realmuto hit a home run that was called back and officially scored as a single, because he passed Marcell Ozuna, who was stationed on first, running around the basepaths. The baserunning gods taketh away:
Then in the seventh, Derek Dietrich hit a triple that turned into a Little League home run thanks to Yadiel Rivera's throw deflecting right off of Dietrich's leg. The baserunning gods giveth back:
One home run that was turned into a single, and one triple that was turned into a home run. Like we said: Balance. That, plus a few (or, a lot of) Jose Fernandez strikeouts, and you've got a win at Marlins Park.