Alex Dickerson’s slide into home is the closest call you might ever see

Check out how baseball fans are reacting to Alex Dickerson’s play against the Chicago Cubs.

San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson’s slide into home plate in the bottom of the second inning against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday was about as close as a home plate call can possibly get.

The Cubs were up 1-0 in the second inning when outfielder Mike Yastrzemski hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Kyle Schwarber caught the fly ball and threw a one-hopper to catcher Victor Caratini just after Dickerson took off from third base.

The ball was a hair offline, just enough to make Caratini come off the plate to grab it and give Dickerson enough space to slide safely into home to tie the game 1-1. Barely.

Check out the play here.

The Cubs got back ahead in the top of the third on a Kris Bryant RBI that drove Javier Baez home to bring the score to 2-1, but Dickerson hit a home run to left field the next inning to knot it up again.

So far, Dickerson, who was traded to the Giants in June from the San Diego Padres, is 2 for 3 against the Cubs.

And Giants fans and baseball writers are taking note of his stellar offensive play.

“Alex Dickerson already has two more hits and a home run tonight. His batting average is up .362 in the 94 at-bats he’s had with the Giants,” wrote fantasy baseball podcaster Frank Stampfl on Twitter. “He’s been right in the middle of this offensive turnaround for the team.”

Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Email: drew.costley@sfgate.com | Twitter: @drewcostley

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