Are you on the George Springer bandwagon yet? Better hurry before it fills up.
Springer, the exciting Houston Astros rookie, hit his seventh home run in the last seven games on Thursday night. It was a two-run blast in the seventh inning that broke a 1-1 tie with the Baltimore Orioles and ultimately gave the Astros a 3-1 victory, good enough for their sixth straight win.
George Springer has 7 home runs in a 7-game span. The last Major League rookie to do that was Rudy York with Detroit from Aug 22-27, 1937.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 30, 2014
Well, ain't that something? Springer is hitting .416 during that six-game winning streak with 14 RBIs and 11 runs scored. That's earned him some high (and entertaining) praise from teammates and his manager:
"He's the best player ever.” — Jose Altuve joking about George Springer— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 30, 2014
Astros skipper Bo Porter said:
"What a guy. It's been pretty impressive. It's fun to watch. It's almost must-see TV."
On that note, we can't wait to see what Springer does Friday.
EDWIN ENCARNACION HITS TWO MORE HOMERS, BUT THEY'RE NOT ENOUGH FOR ANOTHER BLUE JAYS WIN: Speaking of homers and winning streaks, here's your daily Edwin Encarnacion update. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger hit two more homers Thursday night, upping his May total to 16. Sixteen! That ties Mickey Mantle's record for homers in May. The most homers in a month is 20, set by Sammy Sosa.
Unfortunately, those homers from Encarnacion (and the four RBIs that came with them) weren't enough to extend Toronto's winning streak to 10 games. The Royals won 8-6 in extra innings, after the Jays blew a one-run lead in the ninth on an error by Jose Reyes.
JOSH COLLMENTER, IMPECCABLE: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter was pretty close to perfect Thursday night. He shut out the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 and he did so facing the minimum of 27 batters. Collmenter gave up three hits, the only blemish on his great outing. Otherwise Collmenter was impeccable. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five, needing just 94 pitches to blank the Reds.
RED SOX WIN ON WALK-OFF ERROR: These days, after their recent 10-game losing streak, the Boston Red Sox will take a win anyway they can get it. Walk-off error? Sure, why not. On Thursday night, Jackie Bradley Jr. raced home for the game-winning run, breaking a 3-3 tie with the Atlanta Braves and giving Boston its fourth straight win.
Xander Bogaerts hit the ball hard to third base. It was fielded by the Braves' Chris Johnson, who whipped it to second base hoping to turn a double play. Except the throw was wild and Bradley, who started at second base, raced around to score and win the game.
For the rest of Thursday's results, check out our scoreboard.
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