Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit three home runs on Tuesday night against the Phillies. Just two days later, he has another multi-homer game under his belt, slugging a pair of homers Thursday night against the Marlins.
Cespedes went deep for the first time in the third inning with the bases empty, send a Wei-Yin Chen fastball way out to left field. It traveled 427 feet, according to Statcast.
Cespedes victimized reliever Jose Urena in the fifth inning with the bases empty, sending a 95 MPH fastball to left field. That one went a measly 402 feet.
With four offensive innings remaining in Thursday’s game, Cespedes can go for another three-homer performance. Tuesday’s marked the second of his career. On the season, Cespedes is hitting .297/.372/.865 with six home runs and 10 RBI. George Springer is the only other major leaguer with more than four homers.
Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.
The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.
This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.