- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez laid down a bunt in the eighth inning of a 1-0 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two errant throws later, he was already home.

It’s known as a “Little League home run” when a throwing error (or errors) allows someone to score after he hits the ball in play. Hernandez and the Phillies benefitted from that Tuesday night:

Running with all the hustle the Nationals’ Trea Turner lacked a few weeks ago, Hernandez was safe at first when Jake Diekman fielded the ball and threw it too low for first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Steven Souza Jr. gathered it in right field as the Phillies’ third base coach waved Hernandez on, and Souza’s attempt to throw from right to third was far too high, allowing Hernandez to score. 

Bad news for the Nationals: The play proved to be a boost for the Phillies, who scored three more runs that inning and went on to win, 5-2.

Because two errors were called on the play, it did not count as an inside-the-park home run for Hernandez, but for all intents and purposes, that’s what happened here:

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