At least Carlos Martinez got to jog around the bases when a fly ball hit Jose Canseco in the head and bounced over the fence for one of the more bizarre home runs in MLB history. Trey Mancini had to hustle.
In the eighth inning of Thursday’s 3-0 Orioles victory against the Rays, Mancini lifted a fly ball to right-center that was headed toward Rays right fielder Josh Lowe. But as Lowe began to backpedal for the ball, he lost track of it in the sun. The next thing he knew, the ball came down and struck him in the left cheek and rolled off into the right field corner.
Mancini raced around the bases for one of the most unlikely home runs of the season. Lowe remained in the game after the play.
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That batted ball, according to Baseball Savant, had an expected batting average of .040. Baseball Savant listed it as the seventh-most unlikely hit among home runs in 2022.
After the ball caromed off Lowe, center fielder Roman Quinn rushed over to field the ball and get it back into the infield. Though it was a close play at the plate, Mancini slid in just before the tag from Rene Pinto.
“Safe! Safe! Safe! A fairy tale!” the Orioles broadcast said on the call.
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The fairy tale part is less about the hit to Lowe and more about the idea Thursday could have been Mancini’s final home game as an Oriole before he is traded at the deadline. Mancini, who missed all of 2020 as he underwent cancer treatment, has been in the organization since 2013 and has been in the majors with them since 2016.
Needless to say, it was not a fairy tale for
Scott Sterling Lowe.