Wladimir Balentien smacks number 55, ties the NPB home run record

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He’s gone deep again. Here’s the homer that ties Sadaharu Oh, Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera. The ball is way on the outside part of the plate. Almost to the left-handed batter’s box. He don’t care:

 

He has 22 games after tonight in which to break the record. That’s pretty doable. Given that he missed the first 12 games of the season with an injury, that’s pretty incredible.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.