ARLINGTON -- Joey Gallo started in left field for only the second time this season for the Rangers in their 10-4 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night.He was reminded that there are drawbacks to playing the position, especially with the Rangers' dugout being on the first-base side of Globe
ARLINGTON -- Joey Gallo started in left field for only the second time this season for the Rangers in their 10-4 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night.
He was reminded that there are drawbacks to playing the position, especially with the Rangers' dugout being on the first-base side of Globe Life Park.
"The run stinks back to the dugout," Gallo said. "You get in there and you are already tired just from running in all the way from left field."
It can be especially exhausting if you are leading off the inning.
"You get your stuff on and the guy is already throwing down to second base," Gallo said. "You're like, OK, let's go hit. But it's good because you're not thinking, put your stuff on and go hit."
That seemed to work for Gallo on Tuesday as his first two at-bats came leading off an inning and both resulted in home runs off of Marlins starter Dan Straily. Gallo had two of the Rangers four home runs on a night when the offense snapped a 21-consecutive-scoreless-innings streak at their home park.
"After coming off a game where we got shut out, to see the bats come alive, different spots, not only with the home runs, but also with the extra-base hits and some walks in there," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Obviously, we've seen this offense, when it gets momentum, it can kind of continue itself through the lineup."
Gallo's first home run came leading off the third inning on a first-pitch sinker. The blast had an exit velocity of 104 miles per hour and had a projected distance of 421 feet, according to Statcast™, into the right-field bleachers.
Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton did not have an exit velocity. Stanton, who has a pretty good idea of what a mammoth home run looks like, stood motionless in right field as the ball soared over his head.
The second home run led off the fourth inning. This one came on a 1-0 changeup and wasn't quite as awe-inspiring. The exit velocity was 97 mph, the estimated distance was 364 feet and this time Stanton did turn to look as it sailed into the right-field seats.
"I haven't seen too much of Joey," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "The times I've seen him, he's swung the bat good. When I came in with L.A., he swung the bat good. Obviously, the power is there. The places to go to get him out, you just have to get the ball there. We didn't get the ball there tonight."
Gallo now has 25 home runs on the season, to go with 17 singles. Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire are the only two players in Major League history who have hit at least 25 home runs in a season and finished with fewer singles. Bonds did it in 2001 when he hit his record-breaking 73 home runs and McGwire had five seasons with more home runs than singles. His list includes 1998, when he hit 70 home runs.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.