The first-place Astros trounced the first-place Twins on Wednesday by a 17-6 score, completing a sweep in the first leg of the team’s 10-game road trip. DH George Springer had quite a day, batting 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a pair of walks with four runs scored.
One of those home runs was a 473-foot solo shot to the upper deck in left-center field off of Ryan Pressly in the top of the seventh inning, extending the Astros’ lead to 7-5. According to Statcast, only the Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb (481 feet) has hit a home run for more distance this season.
The Astros improved to 38-16 with Wednesday’s win. Meanwhile, after Wednesday’s action, Springer is batting .265/.342/.500 with 13 home runs, 31 RBI, and 39 runs scored in 221 plate appearances.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.