Stephen Drew's inside-the-park home run took Dusty Baker on a roller coaster of emotion
Q: What had Dusty Baker going from "Oh no!" to "Oh yeah!" in the ninth inning of the Nationals' 5-1 win over the Phillies on Tuesday?
That's Stephen Drew taking advantage of some chaos on the diamond in his only at-bat of the game. Pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the top of the ninth, Drew followed Danny Espinosa's insurance-run homer with one of his own, of the inside-the-park variety. All it took was some slippery-baseball hijinks.
Drew's hit knocked off the scoreboard, eluding two Phillies outfielders. A courageous move by third-base coach Bob Henley waved Drew on, and as he rounded toward home, Tyler Goeddel's throw sailed past the cutoff man and he slid into home, safe. Everything had to go just right, and it did.
Drew told MLB.com's Jamal Collier after the game:
Meanwhile, Baker was all of us watching at home:
The roller coaster of emotions that is an inside-the-park home run, accurately summarized.