Peralta goes full steam for inside-the-park HR

'Freight Train' hits deep drive off wall in left-center field

Peralta goes full steam for inside-the-park HR

PHOENIX -- The offense's floodgates opened for the D-backs during a 6-2 win over the Cubs at Chase Field on Saturday night, and David Peralta put the finishing touch on the victory with an inside-the-park home run in the eighth.

Peralta lit into a 95.2 mph first-pitch fastball from Justin Grimm with two outs and drilled it off the wall in left-center field. Statcast™ tracked Peralta's hit at 102.6 mph off the bat, with an 83 percent chance of landing for a hit.

When the ball struck the wall and bounced away from Cubs center fielder Jon Jay, it was full speed ahead for Peralta, whom teammates fondly refer to as "Freight Train" -- a nickname he will wear on the back of his uniform for Players Weekend.

"I was just running hard the whole way," Peralta said. "When I saw it hit the wall, I thought, 'OK, I better go.' For the first moment, I thought, 'OK, triple.' But then I took a peek and saw (third-base coach Tony Perezchica) sending me home, and I was like, 'Oh man, I'm out of gas.' So I didn't slide into home plate, I just laid myself down. I was out of breath. But it was good, it feels good. I've never done it before, it was my first time, but that was a pretty special moment for me."

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Peralta's inside-the-parker was the 13th in franchise history and the second this season by a D-backs player. Ketel Marte had one in a July 26 win over the Braves.

"He gave it everything he had," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "I saw the ball bounce off of the wall and then I looked at him, and he was just about to second base and he was moving pretty good, so I think he was sniffing an inside-the-park home run. Little dramatic, I know, it's a play you don't see very often."

It marked the fourth time that Peralta has homered in back-to-back games in his career and the second time this season.

Peralta's inside-the-park homer was the first the Cubs have allowed since since April 7, 2016, which also came against the D-backs (Jean Segura). That was also the play on which Kyle Schwarber suffered two torn knee ligaments, which caused him to miss the remainder of the 2016 regular season.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.