Edwin Encarnacion joins elite company by homering twice in same inning for second time

The Seattle Mariners’ scorching start to the 2019 season continued Monday night with a 13-5 beatdown of the Kansas City Royals.

The Mariners exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning and new addition Edwin Encarnacion was right in the middle of the action. Encarnacion took Homer Bailey deep for a solo shot to start things off, giving his team a 5-4 lead. But that was just the beginning.

The M’s batted around and had already tacked on four more runs by the time Encarnacion returned to the plate with two on and two outs. This time with Kevin McCarthy on the hill, Encarnacion blasted another one out to deep left for his second home run of the inning.

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Encarnacion, now 36 years old, became the first MLB player to go deep twice in the same inning since Mark Trumbo, then with the Orioles, accomplished the task on April 15, 2016. According to MLB.com, it marked the 61st time in MLB history that a player has homered twice in the same inning.

More impressively, it’s the second time Encarnacion has accomplished the task.

Encarnacion previously did it as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays on July 26, 2013. Encarnacion is now the fifth player to go deep twice in an inning on two different occasions, joining the esteemed company of Alex Rodriguez, Andre Dawson, Willie McCovey and Jeff King.

Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hits a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals pitcher Kevin McCarthy during the sixth inning. It was the second home run of the inning for Encarnacion. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hits a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals pitcher Kevin McCarthy during the sixth inning. It was the second home run of the inning for Encarnacion. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Mariners lead MLB in home runs

Encarnacion, in his first season with the Mariners, launched two of Seattle’s five home runs on Monday night, adding to the club’s MLB-leading total — now up to 32, a record total through 12 games.

Jay Bruce leads the way with six homers, while Encarnacion, Tim Beckham and Domingo Santana all have four dingers. The Mariners have homered in every game so far.

At an impressive 10-2, the Mariners have been one of the league’s surprise teams in the early going. The M’s sit at No. 7 in Yahoo Sports’ MLB Power Rankings.

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