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Monday, July 30, 2012

Kendrys Morales third player to homer from both sides in same frame

During a nine-run sixth against the Rangers on Monday, Angels designated hitter Kendrys Morales became the third player in Major League history to hit a home run from each of the plate in the same inning.

Facing righty Roy Oswalt, from the left side of the plate, Morales hit a two-run homer to right field, snapping an 0-for-13 skid. Later in the frame, he came up batting right-handed with the bases loaded against lefty reliever Robbie Ross and hit a grand slam just over the outstretched glove of Nelson Cruz in right-center, giving him 11 homers on the year.

The only other players to hit a homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning were Carlos Baerga of the Indians on April 8, 1993 (off Steve Howe and Steve Farr) and Mark Bellhorn of the Cubs on Aug. 29, 2002 (off Andrew Lorraine and Jose Cabrera), according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: July 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: July 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM (#4196608)
About damn time.
   2. Shredder Posted: July 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM (#4196614)
I counted about three at bats in that inning that would have been worth two wins this weekend. Vernon on the bench = Angels don't get shut out.

I remembered Baerga, but I didnt know that Bellhorn had done it as well.
   3. OCF Posted: July 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM (#4196628)
How often do you see an intentional walk to get to a guy who has already homered in the same inning? The bases were loaded for Morales the second time up because of an intentional walk to Pujols.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: July 31, 2012 at 03:08 AM (#4196736)
How often do you see an intentional walk to get to a guy who has already homered in the same inning?

Probably whenever he's batting behind Pujols. :-)

EDIT: by the way, I didn't realize people still used the term "frame" -- is that more typesetting friendly than "inning"?
   5. Dan Posted: July 31, 2012 at 03:13 AM (#4196737)
Not too surprising to see an intentional walk to Pujols with RH Kendrys on deck. Morales has had a pretty significant split in his career so far.

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