MILWAUKEE -- Down 2-0 to the Marlins in the bottom of the third inning, the Brewers pulled off a play that looked like it was straight out of the movies. With right fielder Norichika Aoki on second and left fielder Ryan Braun on first, third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit a deep fly ball to center field. Marlins center fielder Justin Ruggiano deked like he was going to catch the ball, and that's where the play gets interesting. Aoki admitted after the game that he thought the ball was going to be caught, and he was waiting to tag up. Braun on the other hand?More
"I knew right off the bat that the center fielder didn't have a chance to get it," Braun said. "I think he did a great job of deking Nori, but I had a really good angle, and I could tell right off the bat he had no chance." When the ball did carom off the wall, the result was Braun running immediately behind Aoki as they raced to third. As he approached the bag, Braun said he thought Ed Sedar was telling him to stop while sending Aoki home. "But that wasn't happening, so fortunately it worked out well," Braun said. Aoki ran across the plate, and Braun slid in safely while avoiding the tag an instant later, putting Milwaukee on top, 3-2, in a game they'd eventually win, 13-12. Aoki said he knew not to slide on the play because he was aware Braun was not far behind. "I didn't look back, but I definitely felt him running right behind me," Aoki said through translator Kosuke Inaji. "I guess I was a little faster than him."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less