Runnin' Realmuto: Catcher hits inside-the-park HR

First career multi-HR game for Marlins rookie in win over Brewers

Runnin' Realmuto: Catcher hits inside-the-park HR

MIAMI -- J.T. Realmuto's first career multihome run game was an exhausting one. The Marlins rookie catcher not only delivered a drive more than 400 feet to center, he had to sprint around the bases because the ball didn't leave the yard.

In the fourth inning of the Marlins' 6-4 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night, Realmuto recorded the first inside-the-park home run of his career, and just the second in the four-year history of Marlins Park. The shot came off Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann, who was victimized twice by Realmuto. Statcast™ projected the drive at 406 feet from home plate with a 103-mph exit velocity.

Realmuto's inside-the-parker

Realmuto pulled off the rare feat of hitting a home run over the wall and also logging an inside-the-park homer in the same game.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Realmuto is the first catcher with an inside-the-park home run and out-of-the-park home run in the same game since Hall of Famer Gary Carter did it in May 31, 1980, as a member of the Montreal Expos.

Cut4: Realmuto hit a regular HR, then an inside-the-parker

"That just speaks to who J.T. is," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "Very few catchers have the power/speed component. He's such a good athlete."

Jungmann entered Tuesday's game having allowed just three homers in 96 2/3 innings.

"It's exciting any time you can have your name mentioned in the history books in this game, with all the stuff that's happened as long as this game has been around," Realmuto said. "It's fun to get in the books. I'll take it anyway I can."

Realmuto on his home run magic

Realmuto is the third player in Marlins history to have a multi-homer game that includes an inside-the-park shot. Hanley Ramirez did it on Sept. 27, 2006, against the Reds, and Derrek Lee on April 12, 2003, against the Braves.

Leading off the second inning, Realmuto belted the ball over the wall in left. Statcast™ projected the ball traveled 384 feet from home plate, with an exit velocity of 98 mph.

Realmuto's solo homer

"It was fun. After I hit the first one, it was nice to start the day off like that, obviously, getting some confidence," Realmuto said.

Clearing the wall in center field at Marlins Park is more difficult. The center-field wall is listed at 418 feet, and the high wall at 13 feet.

Realmuto launched a long drive to center. Domingo Santana sprinted back, but ran out of room. The ball traveled into the triangle part of center field, and bounced off the curved portion of the wall in front of the home run sculpture. Santana banged into the wall, as the ball kicked off the wall towards right field.

"It was luck, honestly, just the way it hit the wall," Realmuto said. "It was in a perfect spot. If it's one foot to the right, the guy catches it and I'm out. Luckily, it hit the wall, and took a good bounce. It bounced far enough for me to get some momentum to be able to round the bases."

Jennings on the Marlins' 6-4 win

Realmuto, a former football quarterback in high school, raced around the bases and scored without a play. Still, he wasn't taking any chances, even with third-base coach Lenny Harris urging him to stand up.

"I was pretty sure rounding second I was going to be able to make it," the catcher said. "And then rounding third it kind of clicked in my head, I better pick it up a little bit, just in case. I could hear Lenny standing behind me saying, 'Stand up! Stand up!' But I wasn't going to take any chances, so I went ahead and slid."

Must C: Inside-the-park home run

Marlins Park never had an inside-the-park home run until this season. Dee Gordon has the distinction as the first to complete the feat, doing it against the Giants on June 30.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.