KANSAS CITY – Home runs have been flying all season for the Mariners, and Edwin Encarnación and his parrot have joined the party, with the veteran first baseman hitting a pair of homers in the sixth inning of the 13-5 game of Seattle over the Royals. Monday.
Encarnación became the
KANSAS CITY – Home runs have been flying all season for the Mariners and
Encarnación became the first Major Leaguer to penetrate twice in the same frame since Mark Trumbo with the Orioles on April 15, 2016. Previously, Encarnacion hit a home run twice in an inning on July 26, 2013, for the Blue Jays. .
The last Mariners to make the action were Mike Cameron and Bret Boone, who homered twice in the first inning of Cameron's four home runs against the White Sox on May 2, 2002.
• Players with two homers in one inning.
Encarnacion is the fifth player in home runs twice in an inning twice in his career, joining Alex Rodriguez, Jeff King, Andre Dawson and Willie McCovey.
"When you feel like I feel now, enjoy it and have fun," said Encarnacion, who celebrates each homer with his wing "parrot" extended while surrounding the bases. "It's just the beginning, but we're enjoying the moment and we'll try to keep doing what we're doing."
The Mariners came to the opening of Monday's series with the Royals leading the Majors in home runs, with 27. The Royals, meanwhile, were tied with the least number of homers allowed, with only five.
Something had to give in and that something turned out to be the Kansas City pitching staff, when Seattle hit four longer balls in the first six innings.
Seattle starter Felix Hernandez left due to illness after allowing two runs in the first, but the Mariners' rebuilt offense has been healthy since Day 1 of this season, and continued with Daniel Vogelbach's solo homers, Dylan Moore and Jay Bruce, as well as The explosions solo and three races of Encarnación in the sixth.
That brings Seattle's season total to a major league record of 32 homers in 12 games, the last five coming out of a Kansas City club that only allowed five in its first eight games. The maximum of 12 previous games was 31 for the 2000 Cardinals.
"I've never seen anything like this," said Encarnación, who now has 384 homers in his 15-year career. "It's amazing, anyone can hit home runs here, I feel great with this team, where we are now."
Seattle has opened the season with a home run in 12 consecutive games, becoming the fourth team in the American League to achieve it since 1908. The Indians went in the first 14 games of 2002, the Tigers were submerged in 13 consecutive games to open 2017 and the Rays reached 12 in a row in 2007.
"It's pretty amazing to see him," manager Scott Servais said. "In what offensive roll we are now, the guys do not stop."
The Major League record of consecutive games with a home run at any time of the season is 27 for the Rangers in 2002, while the Mariners' team record is 23 consecutive games in mid-2013.
Vogelbach has hit five home runs in his last four games, and finished with 8 of 13 with nine RBIs in that span, as the burly designated hitter has taken advantage of the increase in play time after starting only once in the first eight. games He also walked three times on Monday and was standing in the waiting circle for the two explosions of Encarnación.
"When he hits it, it just sounds different," Vogelbach said. "In the first couple games only balls were missing and everyone knew it was coming. He has done it for a long time and he does it every year. I think I've seen most of them against us. It is much better to see them when he is with us. "
The 378-foot Vogelbach line to the right led the second against Royals starter Homer Bailey. Moore, making his first start at shortstop with Tim Beckham sidelined by a strong right thigh, then threw his first career homer with an explosion of 432 feet to the left center with two out in the second to tie the game after the start early of Hernández.
Encarnacion later broke a 4-4 tie with his second homer in the last two games and the third of the season and capped the sixth eight-run race with his relief from reliever Kevin McCarthy when veteran first baseman continues to warm up after a spring slow
"He has recovered his time," Servais said. "He has a proven track record in this league, and he does it again and again against a good pitch." He is having fun. We acquired many veteran players this offseason who did not really know what they were up to. I think they are enjoying playing and coming to the stadium. And we'll see what happens tomorrow. "
Bruce finished the night with his sixth homer of the year in the eighth, and gave him three in the last two games as well. The three-time All-Star had nine home runs in 94 games in 2018 plagued by injuries to the Mets.
However, the Mariners were not limited to long balls, as left fielder Domingo Santana went 3-for-5 with a double and four runs batted in and now has 19 RBIs in the year, only a shy of his 85 total games with the Brewers last season.
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.