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You never know what you’re going to see in baseball.
Whenever you think you’ve seen everything you’re ever going to see, baseball finds a way to surprise you.
A general view of the scoreboard as the Boston Red Sox lose 28-5 in the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 22, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
The oddest plays often come from the most unexpected places and the most recent bizarre play is no exception.
Journeyman outfielder Raimel Tapia came to the plate with 2 outs in the top of the 3rd inning of Friday’s Blue Jays-Red Sox matchup at Fenway Park.
Raimel Tapia #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after hitting an inside-the-park grand slam during the third inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on July 22, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
The Jays already had racked up a 6-0 lead, but with the bases loaded had an opportunity for even more.
Tapia lofted a pop fly towards center fields, and dejectedly tossed the bat away assuming an easy out.
Instead, Red Sox center fielder Jarren Duran immediately lost sight of the ball, and chaos ensued:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts with Teoscar Hernández #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays after scoring during the first inning game against the Boston Red Sox on July 22, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Tapia raced around the bases and easily beat the throw, resulting in an incredibly rare inside-the-park grand slam.
The Toronto Blue Jays set a franchise record for runs in a game, rolling past the Red Sox 28-5.