Update #2 (4:20 PM EDT): Betts did get a sixth trip to the plate on Sunday, but he grounded out to third base to end the bottom of the eighth inning. He finishes the afternoon 4-for-6 with the trio of homers and eight RBI.
Update (3:40 PM EDT): Betts flied out to Socrates Brito in right-center field in the sixth inning. The Red Sox will need to put a few runners on base if Betts is going to get another at-bat in this game.
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is having himself an afternoon at Fenway Park. Through five innings of Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Diamondbacks, he is 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and three two-run homers, as well as a single.
Betts opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, smacking a two-run homer off of starter Zack Greinke. In the second, facing Greinke again, Betts lined a home run that just barely cleared the Green Monster in left field. Because it was caught by a fan who might have been reaching over, the call was reviewed but Betts’ three-run jack was upheld. Then, in the fifth, facing reliever Adam Loewen, Betts cranked another three-run home run to left field. That one didn’t need to be reviewed.
Betts already had a three-homer game this season, doing so on May 31 against the Orioles. It’s the 16th three-homer game of the 2016 season in the majors. Michael Saunders has the year’s only other eight-RBI game, victimizing the Orioles on June 17. Poor Orioles.
The Red Sox continued to pressure the Diamondbacks’ pitching, scoring two more runs after Betts’ fifth-inning home run. Betts will certainly have one more at-bat to attempt to hit his fourth homer of the game. If things keep going the way they’re going, he’ll get two chances. The Rangers’ Josh Hamilton owns baseball’s last four-homer game, doing so on May 8, 2012 against — wait for it — the Orioles.
Betts entered Sunday’s action batting .309/.349/.541 with 23 home runs, 76 RBI, 87 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases in 524 plate appearances.