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Edwin Encarnación homers twice in same inning

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Edwin Encarnación didn’t hit two grand slams in the same inning, so Fernando Tatis Sr. can rest easy. But Encarnación did nevertheless go yard twice in the same inning on Monday night against the Royals.

Encarnación opened up the sixth inning with a solo shot to left-center field off of Homer Bailey, breaking a 4-4 tie. The Mariners’ offense then went off on Royals pitching, allowing Encarnación to take a second at-bat in the sixth. Facing Kevin McCarthy with two runners on base and two outs, Encarnación lifted a homer to left field for a three-run jack, boosting the Mariners’ already substantial lead to 12-4.

Encarnación is the first player to hit two homers in one inning since the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo on April 15, 2016. Prior to Encarnación, the last Mariner to homer twice in the same inning was Mike Cameron. Cameron and Bret Boone went back-to-back with each other twice in the first inning on May 2, 2002 against the White Sox. Cameron famously hit four home runs in that game.

Encarnación is no stranger to homering twice in one inning. He accomplished the feat once before as a Blue Jay against the Astros on July 26, 2013.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.