Griffey tied Gehrig on Friday, when he blasted his 493rd career homer in Cincinnati’s 7-6 win. The Reds slugger comes into the game on a hot streak, with four home runs and 10 RBIs over his last six games.
Despite his recent success, Griffey is trying not to think about becoming the 20th player in baseball history to hit 500 home runs.
“It’s just one of those things that I’ll take one day at a time and see what happens—I’m still a few away” Griffey said. “My main objective is to win ballgames and see what happens from there.”
Griffey’s home run overshadowed another strong game from Cincinnati first baseman Sean Casey, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run to increase his league-leading batting average to .390.
“It’s just a matter of having quality at-bats,” said Casey. “I’ve swung the bat like this before so I have had some stretches where I’ve done this, so for me it’s really not looking at the numbers so much but just trying to lock in on every at-bat, every pitch and having good at-bats.”
The Expos have lost seven of their last eight games. Montreal is hoping for a boost from first baseman Nick Johnson, who made his season debut Friday after missing the first two months of the season with a back injury.
Johnson, who was hitless in his first game back, should add some life to an offense that is ranked last in the National League in every major offensive category. Johnson, who hit .284 with New York last season, was acquired in the trade that sent Javier Vazquez to the Yankees during the offseason.
“It’s good to be able to have the team together almost now,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “It’s the team we envisioned early.”