MILWAUKEE -- The fireworks at Miller Park exploded overhead before Orlando Arcia stepped on home plate, and that was quite a feat considering how swiftly he circled the bases for the Brewers' first inside-the-park home run in more than five years.
Arcia's game-tying solo homer in the third inning of what became a 7-5 loss to the Padres in 11 innings was the Brewers' first hit against rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet, who struck out six of the first seven batters he faced before the shortstop's line drive to right-center field. It hit an angled portion of the outfield wall designed by Hall of Famer Robin Yount to induce triples, but Arcia showed no signs of stopping at third.
Asked when he thought about making it all the way home, Arcia smiled and said, "When the ball hit the wall."
According to Statcast™, Arcia circled the bases in 15.54 seconds before scoring standing up. Arcia's pace ties the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon for the second fastest time on an inside-the-parker this season in the Majors. It was the 27th inside-the-park home run in Brewers history, the eighth by a Brewer at Miller Park, and the first by a Brewer anywhere since Norichika Aoki's against the Rockies on April 20, 2012, at home.
Arcia said he'd hit an inside-the-park home run in Venezuela, but never in the Minor Leagues, much less the Majors.
Arcia's scamper sparked the Brewers against Lamet, who retired the opposing pitcher, Chase Anderson, before Eric Sogard singled and Eric Thames homered for the fourth straight game, giving Milwaukee a 3-1 lead. Thames took the National League lead with his 20th dinger.
"I feel good. My legs are feeling better," Thames said. "I feel like the energy from the team is kind of flowing through everybody right now. It's nice to be able to get some key hits at times where it's a tie game or to give us the lead. We've just got to keep it going. Got to ride the wave."