Orioles rookieTrey Mancini is on fire, tying a MLBrecord by hitting seven home runs in his first 12 games (including last September's call-up). His latest two homers came in the Orioles game Sunday, and manager Buck Showalter was asked if he was impressed with Mancini's start this season.
"I'm more impressed with his bat," Showalter said after the 11-4 win. "So Trey hits his second home run, and [Craig] Gentry grabs his bat and says, 'I'm going to give that bat a try,' and he hits a home run. Manny [Machado]said, 'You know what? Give me that bat.' And Manny hita home run. So all of them were with Mancini's bat. I've never seen that before."
You read that right: One bat, three batters, four home runs.
Gentry's dinger was a two-run home run, and just three plate appearances after thatMachado stepped up to the plate and did the same thing. Three of the four home runs all took place in the eighth inning, and all but sealed a win for Baltimore.
"When you're ahead like that, you're trying to be respectful of the opposition and not have too much fun," Showalter added, "but that was one, I just went, 'Really?' When the third one went and it hit the foul pole ... Are you kidding me? Come on!"