Kendrys Morales of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has been struggling as of late. In his last 28 at-bats, this teammate of Albert Pujols only has three hits, but last night during a game versus the Texas Rangers and ace Roy Oswalt, Morales decided to change up his usual routine and leave the batting gloves on the bench. Needless to say, it worked out. Morales, a switch hitter, accomplished a feat only two other major league players have accomplished: Kendrys Morales hit two home runs in a single inning from opposite sides of the plate.
“I feel like I squeeze the bat a little harder if I’m not wearing batting gloves,” said Morales in his native Spanish. ”Up to now, when I was using batting gloves, I felt like I wasn’t holding the bat hard enough and my swing was a little too slow.”
During a nine-run sixth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, Morales hit a two-run homer off the left side off Oswalt, and later hit a four-run grand slam on the right side of the plate off reliever Robbie Ross. The only two players to accomplish this feat are Carlos Baerga in 1993 and Mark Bellhorn in 2002. Morales’ six RBIs in a single inning was a franchise record, one short of an AL record, and two short of the MLB record. He has 11 home runs on the year; two home runs in an inning matches the Major League record.
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