Under the bright lights of New York City in the Reds’ series opener against the Mets, Cincinnati continued to use the long ball en route their fourth consecutive win. But not by the long ball that leaves the park.
During his at-bat against New York starter Dillon Gee, Jay Bruce hit a deep fly ball to the warning track where Jason Bay was unable to make the play, allowing the speedy right fielder to grab a 1-0 lead for Cincinnati with an inside-the-park home run.
Unlike the excitement experienced in the dugout for the Reds, the Mets got a bit of bad news as the team lost Bay to a likely concussion after the left fielder cracked his head off the wall (as you can see in the video).
Not to be shown up by his teammate, Brandon Phillips continued his red hot streak by adding his ninth home run of the season off Gee in the very next inning to one of the deepest parts of Citi Field.
While baseball isn’t only just about home runs, Reds starter Bronson Arroyo kept New York in check through his six innings of work as he only allowed four hits though giving up three runs on two different home runs.
With the latest inside-the-park home run by Bruce last night against the Mets, which type of home run is more exciting: one that stays in the park or the deposited deep into the outfield seats?