Stat Line Of The Night — 7/30/12 — Kendrys Morales
Those who enjoy offense certainly enjoyed watching last night’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers, as both teams provided a total of 28 hits and 23 runs during the Angels’ 15-8 victory over the Rangers. A majority of those hits and runs came during the top of the sixth inning, with designated hitter Kendrys Morales providing a majority of that damage in a rather impressive fashion.
Morales stepped to the plate twice in the inning, and not only did he deliver a home run on both occasions, but he also became just the third player in Major League history to homer from both sides of the plate in a single inning, joining Carlos Baerga (who did it with Cleveland in 1993) and Mark Belhorn (who did it with the Cubs in 2002). His first homer of the inning was a two-run shot that opened the scoring in the sixth inning, while giving the Angels the 5-3 lead. As for his second homer, it came with the bases loaded and capped off the nine-run inning that helped give the Angels a commanding 12-3 lead.
Those two home runs were Morales’ only two hits in his five at bats on the night, but they would deliver a total of six RBIs and earn him a well-deserved “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, July 30, 2012.