902 feet?! Gallo hits 22nd, 23rd HRs of '21

July 7th, 2021

ARLINGTON -- Rangers slugger almost single-handedly kept Texas in Wednesday afternoon’s rubber match against the Tigers.

Gallo, who was named to his second All-Star Game roster on Sunday, knocked two game-tying homers a Statcast-projected 440 and 462 feet in the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the Tigers at Globe Life Field.

It was Gallo’s 12th career multihomer game and his fourth this season, matching 2017 for the most of his career. He has a multihomer game in three of the Rangers’ last four series.

“For me, I always say I’m just trying to put good at-bats together and put good swings on balls,” Gallo said. “I know that if I put the barrel on a ball, good things happen.”

Almost every time the Tigers retook the lead Wednesday, Gallo would even the score himself, with both of his solo homers coming either in the inning after Detroit scored or later in the bottom half of the same frame.

But after a three-run seventh inning from the Tigers, the Rangers were unable to bounce back a third time, though Gallo drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth hoping to mount one last comeback attempt.

Gallo made his impact known on both sides of the field, putting his Gold Glove fielding to good use in the fifth inning. Gallo threw out Harold Castro, who was trying to go first to third on a single into right field, at third with a lot of room to spare. It was a 94.5 mph outfield assist; Gallo has two assists at 94-plus mph this season, which is tied for the second most in MLB.

Gallo said he was slightly shocked that Castro kept going instead of stopping at second, considering most baserunners are cautious of his arm strength.

“That was fun,” Gallo said. “Off the bat, I knew it was gonna be a slow roller. It's kind of a chopper and I figured, you know, I play hard so I sprinted out. As soon as I saw he didn't really check to see where I was at and he was running hard around second, I was like, ‘All right, I got it.’ It was definitely fun that someone ran on me.”

Gallo added that he feels like he’s shown that he’s more than just a one-trick pony. His 2-for-3, three-RBI day -- including a walk in a high-pressure situation -- paired with Gold Glove-caliber defense made that much clear.

“I've proven that I'm more than just a friggin’ home run guy,” Gallo said. “I play defense, I run the bases, I get on base. I do everything you should want in any baseball player. People don’t see the little things.”

Rangers starter , who took his first loss of the season after allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings, said it’s fun to watch Gallo when he goes on a streak like he has recently. The slugger has 10 home runs in his last 10 games, becoming the first Ranger to accomplish the feat.

“I don't know what got him locked in, but he's been just on such a tear,” Gibson said. “I know his power early wasn't there, but you could just tell that he was seeing the ball well. And his experience allowed him to stay cool, calm and not panic. It's been so much fun just seeing him put it all together and have this last three weeks’ stretch and get rewarded for it with an All-Star Game.”