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Nicholas Castellanos hit an inside-the-park homer that shouldn’t have been

New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers slides into home plate to score against catcher Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees on an inside-the-park home run during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on August 22, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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Last night the Yankees pasted the Tigers in Detroit, but the hometown crowd did get something entertaining to send them on their way: an inside-the-park homer from Nicholas Castellanos.

At least that’s technically what it was. It would be a single and a three-base error if our official scoring made any sense.

Watch the play below. It’s all put in motion by Jacoby Ellsbury’s decision to try to make a slide catch on the ball, misjudging it and allowing it to skip over 100 feet to the wall:

Since Ellsbury didn’t touch it it wasn’t called an error -- errors are rarely if ever called on poor plays that don’t result in a fielder actually touching the ball -- but it was certainly a mental error to not let the ball bounce and ensure that it didn’t get past him. Especially with such a big lead.

Oh well, that’s baseball for you.

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