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.