Not satisfied with Saturday night’s gruesome collision between Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp and Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, the baseball gods saw fit for Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna to slam into each other chasing a Ryan Zimmerman line drive in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game at Nationals Park.
The Marlins were ahead 2-0 when Ryan Zimmerman led off the bottom of the fourth inning against Jose Fernandez. The veteran laced a 2-2 curve to right-center field, sending center fielder Ozuna and right fielder Stanton towards each other at the warning track. The two appeared to trip each other up with their legs. Stanton appeared to hit the scoreboard on the wall, while Ozuna fell hard on his back. Zimmerman raced around the bases for an easy inside-the-park home run, cutting the Nationals’ deficit to 2-1.
Thankfully, both players were able to stand up on their own power and remain in the game after being tended to by manager Don Mattingly and a trainer.
Zimmerman’s inside-the-parker is just the third in Nationals history, joining Willie Harris (2010) and Austin Kearns (2007). The only other player with an inside-the-park home run is Jean Segura, who achieved his on April 7 when Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber suffered a season-ending injury.