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Rico Carty took advantage of the rare opportunity to hit two home runs in one at-bat in 1963. (International League)
Sunday, April 21, 1963
Toronto's Rico Carty performed a rare and amusing feat in the second inning, when he hit two home runs in the same at-bat. In a game at Arkansas, the rookie catcher slammed the first pitch he saw that day over the left field wall for an apparent homer, but the home plate umpire ruled that Carty had called time just before the pitch. Following a brief protest, Carty stepped back in the box, where he promptly hammered another pitch out of Ray Winder Field.
Friday, April 21, 1978
The Tacoma Yankees scored 14 runs in the second inning in a victory over the Spokane Indians (setting a PCL record for Most Consecutive Runs, Inning). In the game, Tacoma's Gary Smith made it an even dozen PCL batters to homer twice in one frame, a feat equaled several times since. Tacoma finished the season with an 80-57 record and shared the league championship with the Albuquerque Dukes.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Top Twins prospect Miguel Sano, ranked 12th overall by MLB.com, hit his Florida State League-leading sixth homer of the season, but was ejected mid-trot by home plate umpire Fernando Rodriguez for allegedly yelling and gesturing toward the Palm Beach dugout. The Miracle slugger was upset by an earlier pitch thrown behind his head. The run counted, but Fort Myers went on to lose, 6-5. More >
Monday, April 21, 2014
Reds prospect Donald Lutz goes 5-for-6 with an eighth-inning triple for Pensacola, completing his third career cycle. The slugger had previously cycled for the Gulf Coast League Reds in 2008 and Class A Dayton in 2011. More >