Cesar Hernandez was the benefit of a comedy of errors by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, resulting in the super rare — but very hilarious and fun — little league home run off a bunt.
In the top of the eighth inning, with the Phillies clinging to a narrow 1-0 lead, Hernandez attempted to surprise D-Backs pitcher Jake Diekman by bunting for a base hit as the leadoff man. For a split second, it looked like a mistake. Diekman fielded the ball easily enough and had plenty of time to throw the speedy infielder out at first. Unfortunately, he pulled the throw into the dirt and past first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Hernandez got a little greedy and attempted to get to third on the errant throw, prompting outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to hurl a rocket towards the opposite sideline. But it skied over everyone, and bounced up into the seats, allowing Hernandez to casually jog home.
Here it is, in all its glory, the little league home run bunt:
The run gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead, although they would score three more in the inning (two from an Asdrubal Cabrera double, and one more from a Jorge Alfaro single). The D-Backs responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but it wasn’t enough as the game ended as a 5-2 victory for Philly.
The Phillies maintained a 1.5 game lead over the Braves in the NL East, while the Diamondbacks fell to being a half-game back of the Dodgers for the NL West lead. Needless to say, every game matters for these teams right now, so letting a player bunt for a home run is not ideal.