Rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet was cruising through his first seven outs of Saturday’s outing before Brewers’ shortstop Orlando Arcia stepped up to the plate. Not a single Brewer had managed to reach base yet, and six of the first seven batters had already gone down swinging thanks to Lamet’s pinpoint command of the strike zone.
That all changed on a 3-1 slider to Arcia, which was skied to right field and dropped just short of Franchy Cordero‘s glove before ricocheting into center field. Arcia sprinted around the bases — a full 15.54-second run, per Statcast’s calculations — while Padres’ left fielder Jose Pirela scrambled for the ball, scooping it far too late to catch Arcia at the plate.
Fun fact: the last time a Brewer successfully executed an inside-the-park home run was back in 2012, when Norichika Aoki circled the bases for his first inside-the-parker against the Rockies. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Arcia’s feat marked the 27th such home run in Brewers’ history.
The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.
Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.
Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.