ANAHEIM -- Logan Morrison entered Saturday night's game riding an 0-for-14 slump.On top of that, he'd homered just twice in his last 14 games. And his last home run came on July 1. So, yeah, LoMo had his share of anxiety.Prior to 6-3 win over the Angels, Morrison noted that
ANAHEIM -- Logan Morrison entered Saturday night's game riding an 0-for-14 slump.
On top of that, he'd homered just twice in his last 14 games. And his last home run came on July 1. So, yeah, LoMo had his share of anxiety.
Prior to 6-3 win over the Angels, Morrison noted that a homer would be nice, but he'd settle for a base hit or two.
Then he batted in the first and his hitless streak moved to 0-for-15 after he struck out swinging against Angels starter JC Ramirez. But the Rays slugger changed his path in his second at-bat and the result gave the Rays an early boost.
Batting in the third with one out and Corey Dickerson standing on second, Morrison remained calm when the count reached 3-2.
"He's got really good stuff," Morrison said. "The first at-bat, I don't even think I saw the ball. It was good to, I guess, get the first one out of the way. Get used to his release point and all of that stuff. Like I said, I was battling. I was grinding."
Ramirez came with a 97 mph two-seamer, Morrison swung, and connected, depositing the baseball 416 feet over the center-field wall.
"Just trying to put a good swing on a ball in the middle of the plate," Morrison said. "It was middle, middle, away.
"...Sometimes you feel like [your next homer is] never going to come. But it's baseball, man, it's not easy. So go out there every day. Try and stay consistent with your approach and just grind them out."
The barreled ball had a 103.6 mph exit velocity with a 29-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™, staking the Rays to a 3-0 lead.
"LoMo's home run was huge, to kind of separate it right there," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Morrison now has 25 home runs for the season, tying him with the Royals' Mike Moustakas for third in the American League behind Yankees rookie Aaron Judge (30) and Astros outfielder George Springer (27).
Morrison had already established a single-season career high when he hit his 24th in Baltimore on July 1. Now, each home run he hits sets the mark higher. He also leads the team with 59 RBIs.
Going forward, having Morrison swinging a hot bat bodes well for the Rays' offense, which is critical if they are going to remain in playoff contention.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.