The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Nick Groke Nick Groke: ngroke@den­ver­ or @nick­groke

Char­lie Black­mon steamed around the bases Sun­day like a ru­n­away freight train. His ef­fort should have been un­nec­es­sary.

The Rock­ies’ all-star cen­ter fielder hit a home run that hit over the yel­low line at New York’s Citi Field. But the ball bounced back onto the field and fooled nearly ev­ery one in the ball­park, in­clud­ing the um­pires.

So Black­mon chugged and lugged from first base to sec­ond, as the ball bounced back to­ward the in­field, and from sec­ond to third as the Mets’ out­field­ers chased the ball like a dog-track rab­bit, then all the way home. It was a stand-up, in­side-thep­ark homer that never should have been.

“I had no idea. I saw it bounc­ing around out there,” Black­mon said Mon­day at Coors Field be­fore the Rock­ies played the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three­game se­ries. “Off the bat, I didn’t know if I hit it well enough to get out. I was just run­ning hard.”

The hit was a homer, and Black­mon should have been able to jog. Rock­ies out­fielder Ger­ardo Parra sug­gested Black­mon de­served two home runs on his stat sheet.

“Yes. I need two home runs for that,” Black­mon said.

It’s un­likely Ma­jor League Base­ball will change the in­side-the-park homer to a tra­di­tional shot. A homer is a homer.

As it stands, Black­mon be­came the first player in the big leagues with two in­sid­e­the-park homers in one sea­son since Bran­don Barnes did it for the Rock­ies in 2014. Black­mon slid into an undis­puted in­sid­e­the-park homer April 21 at San Fran­cisco, where the out­field gaps play like canyons.

Black­mon’s 21 home runs this sea­son were a team high en­ter­ing Mon­day, two more than Mark Reynolds and three more than Nolan Are­nado. Black­mon hit No. 22 to lead off the bot­tom of the first in­ning.

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