Brewers’ Aoki hits inside-the-park homer
Norichika Aoki hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth
inning of the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Colorado Rockies
on Friday, the first major league homer for the former Japanese
baseball batting champion.
Aoki hit a sharp liner off Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, and
the ball scooted past the outstretched glove of diving left fielder
Carlos Gonzalez. The ball went to the wall, where there was a brief
moment of indecision between Gonzalez and center fielder Dexter
Fowler about who should pick it up. Aoki continued to cruise around
the basepaths and was able to score standing up.
The Brewers signed Aoki in the offseason after being awarded
negotiating rights with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He is a
three-time Central League batting champion.