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Kendrys Morales becomes third player ever to homer from both sides of the plate in same inning

Jul 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

Kendrys Morales AP AP

Kendrys Morales accomplished a very rare feat during the sixth inning tonight against the Rangers, homering from both sides of the plate while driving in six runs.

The Angels scored nine runs in the inning. Morales sparked the rally with a two-run homer off starter Roy Oswalt and later added a grand slam off left-hander Robbie Ross. He’s just the third player in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning, joining Carlos Baerga (1993) and Mark Bellhorn (2002).

Morales is the second player in Angels’ history to collect two home runs in the same inning, joining Rick Reichardt (April 30, 1966). The six RBI are a new club record and the most in one inning in MLB since Juan Uribe had six on September 10, 2010 as a member of the Giants.

Oddly enough, Morales entered tonight’s action with just two home runs over his previous 26 games. The grand slam was the second of his career and his first since he infamously shattered his lower left leg jumping onto home plate on May 29, 2010. Quite a way to bust out of that power slump.

Oswalt ended up being charged with eight runs on 11 hits (including three home runs) over 5 1/3 innings. He now has an ugly 6.49 ERA in six starts with the Rangers, allowing 54 hits and seven home runs over just 34 2/3 innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    1) Congratulations to Morales for his big night on a day in which Trumbo was scratched.

    2) The Rangers still need starting pitching and the trade deadline is tomorrow.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Lee for Olt!

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM

        As an owner of Olt in my Fantasy league, please dear God no. I’d like him to remain in Texas

  2. cosanostra71 - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    woo! Go Halos!

  3. IdahoMariner - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    I love Beltre’s expression.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Ordinarily, you’d chuckle to hear the guy before him was intentionally walked, allowing him to hit his 2nd dinger of the inning, the slam, b u t… the guy was Pujols, so on paper it does make sense. Still funny.

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