Trevino rips first HR of '21, to son's delight

April 30th, 2021

Rangers catcher said his son Josiah has been begging him to hit a home run all season, especially after seeing Nick Solak hit two in one game on Tuesday. Trevino told him it would happen soon.

And it did.

Trevino picked a perfect time to make his son happy. He hit his first homer of the season on Thursday night, launching a two-run shot in the sixth inning to break a tie with the Red Sox and propel Texas to a 4-1 win in the series opener at Globe Life Field.

As a catcher, Trevino was excited to help out on offense more than usual. Coming into the game, he only had one RBI and two extra-base hits this season.

“When [the pitchers] give up runs, I'm giving up runs,” Trevino said. “When they give up hits, I'm giving hits. It's always a conversation between all of us inside the dugout, after the games and before the games, like what could we have done better. So to provide a little offense for [starting pitcher Kyle Gibson]. I think that's good.”

It was Trevino’s fifth career home run, at an estimated 411 feet, per Statcast, falling into the visitors' bullpen behind left-center field.

Manager Chris Woodward said that Trevino is a guy who prides himself on his defense but puts just as much effort into his offense behind the scenes.

“He puts as much work in on offense; he doesn't like talking about it,” Woodward said. “He knows, he feels like, his main job is to get outs behind the plate. But he puts a ton of work into that offense, and to see some success, to see the quality of the at-bats he's having. Obviously like tonight, getting a big hit to win a game, I’m super happy for him.”

Boston’s defense committed two errors, both proving costly. Adolis Garcia reached on a fielding error before the Trevino home run. Earlier in the game, Joey Gallo doubled in the fourth inning and advanced to third on a throwing error. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Garcia in the next at-bat.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa extended the Rangers’ lead to 4-1 in the seventh inning with a solo homer.

Gibson’s home scoreless streak came to an end at 25 innings, but he pitched six innings and allowed just three hits and one run. Gibson and Trevino were both complimentary of each other, neither wanting to talk too much about their own successful games.

Trevino said it was special for him to be able to give Gibson that run support in a close game like this. Like Woodward, Gibson praised Trevino for his hard work, both behind the plate and in the batter’s box.

“[Catchers have] one of the hardest jobs on the field, defensively and offensively, trying to stay connected and stay locked in on all sides of the ball,” Gibson said. “He was excited in the dugout. I'm really happy for him because he's been working really hard.”

Added Trevino: “I know how much work Gibby puts in. I know how much it means to those guys to get wins, to get run support. Seeing Gibby today go out there against a good team like the Red Sox, we didn't give him that much one support. I felt like that kind of carried me over. I was like, ‘Man, we got to get something going for Gibby here.’”