Mookie Betts, the ace American professional baseball player, took over the MLB home run lead during Wednesday’s Royals-Red Sox game by hitting not one, not two, but three consecutive home runs. He now stands high with a total of 11. Betts slammed solo home runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings of a 5-4 win against the Royals. It was the fourth time the Boston Red Sox outfielder made a three-homer, snapping a tie with Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history. Stating the obvious, but this brilliance performance, resulted in Sox’\s crucial 5-4 win.
Remarkably enough, it was also Betts’ second three-homer game of the year — delivering the same against the Angels recently on April 17. Carrying out this streak twice in one season puts Mookie in a class of 21 mostly Hall of Fame to near-Hall of Fame legends: Ted Williams, Albert Pujols, Willie Stargell, Willie Mays, Johnny Mize, Cecil Fielder, Jeff Bagwell and Barry Bonds who have all achieved the feat. Bonds hit one of his trios at Coors Field.
Sammy Sosa is the only player with three games of three homers in one season. He accomplished that in 2001.
Betts smashed three solo home runs — all against southpaw Danny Duffy, who was oddly granted to face him four times. He said, “It’s pretty cool” “He hit 400 in a year and did a whole bunch of things I haven’t done. Just to know my name is amongst his is pretty cool.” speaking of sharing the hall of fame with other star performers.
Mookie came back to effect in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 7-6 loss in 13 innings and went hitless in two at-bats, in the fourth inning of Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Betts, being the face of this franchise, stands firmly at the top of the Red Sox lineup as a game-changer by manager Alex Cora, who has clearly stated that Mookie will not be moving from the leadoff spot for this season. The 25-year old picked up on a mind-blowing start — a .365 average, .451 OBP, .823 slugging, with 11 homers (the most through 30 games by a leadoff hitter since 1996) — that may rise him beyond the star status that he’s already accomplished.
What was also noticeably spectacular was that all his three home runs were delivered at three very different pitches. The first homer came on changeup down in the zone. The second proceeded on a hanging slider right out over the base. The third advanced on a raised fastball. This series was outstanding on its own.
After the three-homer match – Betts had a single to leadoff the game. He even has the identical number of walks (13) as strikeouts (13). Following a down 2017 season (by Mookie’s degree), Betts is back to striking like a licensed MVP candidate prior to 2018. At this moment, Betts extended to reset the stake and to lift arguments as to where the limits of prospects lie for him.