Quirky plays pepper Friday night games

Quirky plays pepper Friday night games

Quirky plays pepper Friday night games
When it comes to baseball, unusual plays aren't restricted to any date.

A week after a notable Friday the 13th, Friday the 20th provided its share of unlikely, quirky plays, as we've already seen two inside-the-park homers and a triple play.

In the fourth inning of the Brewers' game against the Rockies, center fielder Norichika Aoki hit the first home run of his career -- an inside-the-parker.

Oddly enough, an inside-the-parker marking the first home run of a player's career isn't that rare. It happened four times last season alone, most recently accomplished by Conor Gillaspie of the Giants on Sept. 27.

Earlier in the evening, Pirates outfielder Alex Presley also notched a four-bagger on a rocket to center field that bounced off the wall and rolled long enough to allow him to score. It was the only run Pittsburgh scored in its 4-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind started a triple play in the bottom of the third inning in Kansas City on Friday, when the Royals' Eric Hosmer hit a sharp liner right at him. He calmly stepped on first and tossed to second base, where shortstop Yunel Escobar completed the fourth triple play in club history.

The strange plays continued late into the night on Friday. Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning of a game against the Padres, only to be called back into the batter's box because home plate umpire Dan Bellino said he failed to get out of the way.

Victorino promptly homered to give the Phils a 4-1 lead.

In Seattle, Mariners righty reliever Hisashi Iwakuma entered a game for the first time this season, ridding him of the "last man standing" title. Iwakuma was the only player remaining from an Opening Day roster who hadn't appeared in a game this season. He pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed one run against the White Sox.

AJ Cassavell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.