Inciarte idea to try to steal home, manager liked it

Credit: Rob Carr

Credit: Rob Carr

Before Kurt Suzuki gave the Braves an 11th-inning lead with his second homer and before they pulled out a 5-3 win against the Nationals in 12 innings Wednesday on Peter Bourjos’ 12th-inning, two-run single, something you won’t see often happened.

The Braves had runners on second and third with two out in the 10th inning Wednesday when Ender Inciarte tried to steal home, a daring dash that would’ve been in the seasonal highlight reels if he’d been safe.

Inciarte tried to catch the Nationals off-guard between pitches and was thrown out on a close play, a call that was challenged by the Braves, but upheld upon umpire review.

Inciarte thought he could surprise closer Sean Doolittle by running between pitches with Suzuki batting and the count 3-1. It took a moment for Doolittle to realize what was happening before he threw to the plate, where Inciarte slid hands-first and arrived just about the same instant as the throw.

Braves manager Brian Snitker was asked if Inciarte was sent or made the decision on his own.

“He made that decision,” Snitker said. “I just looked at it (on replay after the game), and I thought he was safe. Good (attempt) by Ender right there, he was just trying to make a play. It kind of reminds me of the game in New York a couple of years ago where he kind of willed himself to score in a game that we won there. That’s exciting.”

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