The Houston Astros didn't look good on Saturday, falling 8-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. In fact, they only managed one Jose Altuve single against starter Jake Odorizzi and the Rays bullpen. A forgettable effort to say the least, so we'll go ahead and look past that performance to Friday's game so we can relive rookie George Springer's most recent impressive home run.
It should first be stated that Springer is one large, healthy and strong human being. As noted, he's also a rookie, which means he's going to experience growing pains and a few ups and downs in his first MLB season. For example, entering his third inning at-bat against David Price on Friday, Springer was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts against the former Cy Young Award winner.
A downer to be sure. However, one quick, powerful swing reminded us why he's already a dangerous major league hitter, and also showed why he's bound to be one of the most exciting players in MLB for years to come. The result of that swing against Price was a monstrous two-run homer that seemingly cleared the wall by a mile and then struck the D-ring catwalk at Tropicana Field.
In other words, he hit it where the big boys hit'em. According to the Rays media relations department, that was in fact only the 23rd time that's happened in the history of the stadium, which opened to baseball in 1998. Mitch Moreland was the most recent, coming all the way back in 2011.
The estimated distance was 438-feet, which seems a bit light. Nonetheless, it was a great visual as the baseball kept carrying and carrying to its final destination.
Not to be understated was the importance of the home run. The two-run shot ended up being all Houston needed on that night as Jarred Cosart and Chad Qualls held the Rays offense in check for a 3-1 victory. It was a difference maker, and that's a term that will be used frequently to describe George Springer over the next decade.
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