Not much has gone the Atlanta Braves’ way this season, including last night’s 3-2 loss to the Phillies courtesy of a Maikel Franco solo moonshot home run in the 8th.
A bright spot for the struggling 7-24 Braves, however, was this tricky deke play by outfielder Ender Inciarte, who was able to double up the Phillies’ Carlos Ruiz at first base when he pretended – extremely well at that – to have lost track of a fly ball hit to center field in the 6th inning.
Super clever, and a phenomenal sell at that. As you can imagine, his teammates thought so too, after they realized what happened.
“I was actually yelling at [right fielder Nick Markakis] because I didn’t think [Inciarte] knew where he was going,” Jeff Francoeur, who got the start in left, told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. “If I ever play against him, I’ll have to remember that one.”
“Right before he caught that ball, he yelled at me pointing to the sky saying to get over there in case he has a popup,” Markakis said. “He had me fooled for a second. I didn’t know what to do. At the very last second, I kind of caught on.”
If you’re scoring at home, that’s just your classic 8-3 double play. Putting that one in the back pocket for the softball diamond for sure.