Hey, a little levity never hurts anything, especially when you're winning.
And so when Duanel Jones led off the eighth inning with a solo home run over the left field fence, then tripped and fell forward going around first, his teammates in the first-base dugout tried to contain themselves when Jones finally reached home plate and sauntered in to rejoin them.
It was all part of a 9-3 TinCaps win Friday at Parkview Field, where 7,289 fans dressed loud, print shirts in honor of the Jimmy Buffett night promotion were in attendance.
Turns out that Jones didn't trip over the bag. The club house scoop was that team pitcher Ruben Mejia, serving as the first base coach, reached out to smack Jones on the behind as he was crossing the base. But instead of hitting Jones' backside, Mejia hit him in the leg, which caused him to tumble.
Hopefully somebody will explain that to ESPN before it makes the blooper rounds.
Big night for the TinCaps (28-19, 59-58) offensively. Other than Jones' home run, Lee Orr hit a three-run shot in the fourth that gave the TinCaps a 4-1 lead. And Yeison Asencio went 3 for 4 and hit a two-run double.
Also, James Needy showed up big on the mound. Needy, who usually works out of the bullpen, got a spot start and responded with five innings of three-hit, seven-strikeout pitching.
The TinCaps jump on the bus Saturday morning to play three games in Dayton, and then will play three games at Lansing before returning home Aug. 18 against Dayton.