The Milwaukee Brewers got a run from outfielder Ryan Braun in an unconventional and unexpected fashion on Sunday afternoon during their game against the Washington Nationals.
In a play that was purely created by having a heads up approach and hustling, Braun busted it from second to third base on what seemed to be a harmless squib of a grounder towards the pitcher’s mound.
Looking up at the soft throw to first base to record the out, Braun decided to take a chance and just keep running. He sprinted towards home, if nothing else betting on his own ability to beat two throws.
Part of this play was Braun’s speed. His athleticism might be underrated from time to time. Braun has eight stolen bases this season and multiple 30 stolen base seasons on his resume. But the other, more important part of the equation is the element of surprise.
Even if somebody in the Washington National’s infield was shouting about Braun running, first baseman Adam LaRoche looked utterly and completely surprised when he came off the base. Ultimately he did not even attempt a throw, and the Nationals were just left to watch Braun cross the plate with the tying run.
Check out video of Braun’s heads-up base running below, courtesy of MLB.com: