Byron Buxton had a hell of a night at the plate Friday, but the thing everyone's going to remember is how he got back to it.
Buxton reached home plate in roughly the time it's taken you to read these two sentences.
With the Twins trailing the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 at the top of the fourth inning, Buxton smacked a pitch 403 feet off the wall in right-center field, where it bounced away from Arizona's J.D. Pollock. Not that far: Pollock was quickly on it, and whipped it back toward the infield.
The relay had no chance, because Byron Buxton is just about the fastest baserunner this sport has seen. Literally: Buxton completed an inside-the-park home run in 13.85 seconds, the fastest four-base trip ever measured in the Statcast era.
That only includes the last three seasons, but it's hard to believe many mortals have covered 360 feet faster than Buxton did last night. Watch him speed up off second base as if it's a damn launch pad in a video game. Presumably the third base coach was telling him to turn the corner for home, but there's no way Buxton could've heard it, what with that whole breaking the sound barrier thing.
The Twins took after Buxton, and never looked back: This sprint tied the game 3-3, and Minnesota went on to win 10-3. The Twins (61-59) are red hot, 7-3 in their last 10, and as of this morning hold the second spot in the American League wild card standings.
Buxton went 3-for-4 on the night, finishing a single short of a cycle, and scored a run on each of his hits. Of course he did. If you're so fast home plate's only 10 seconds away from first base, how's anyone supposed to stop you?