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Elly De La Cruz Lives Up to the Hype with Homer and Triple in Win Over Dodgers
- Elly De La Cruz hit a homer and a triple in his second game for the Cincinnati Reds
- De La Cruz displayed his power with his first career home run in the Majors
- The young Dominican star then showed his tremendous speed in his second at-bat
Elly De La Cruz is for real.
The 21-year-old continued to wow fans in his second game in the Majors, hitting a homer and a triple in Cincinnati’s 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
De La Cruz has brought a positive vibe to the Reds, who have recorded back-to-back walk-off wins over the Dodgers since the Dominican’s debut on Tuesday.
De La Cruz crushes first home run
De La Cruz showed his power in his first at-bat, crushing a 91.9 mph four-seam fastball from Dodgers starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to right field in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 2-2.
De La Cruz launched an absolute missile, with the ball traveling 458 feet, per ESPN. His first homer was jaw-dropping, to say the least, as it came inches away from leaving the Great American Ball Park.
De La Cruz made history with his maiden long bomb, as it was the second-hardest hit ball by a batter for his first homer during the Statcast era (since 2015).
Statcast measured the exit velocity of De La Cruz’s towering blast at 114.8 mph.
De La Cruz dazzles with speedy triple
De La Cruz then displayed his blistering speed in his second at-bat in the bottom of the third inning.
He reached third base easily after lining a ball into the right-center gap, recording his first-ever major league triple in just 10.83 seconds. That is the fastest triple in the Majors this season.
De La Cruz explained his mindset after the game, saying that he is always thinking of a triple when he gets a ball in the gap.
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Benson wins it for Cincinnati
Will Benson made sure De La Cruz’s efforts weren’t wasted, blasting a two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth inning to give the Reds the win.
Benson has been on fire since returning to the Reds’ big league roster on May 26, hitting .346 in his last 10 games, per MLB.com.
Judge's great catch stuns Dodgers
Sports Brief recently reported on Aaron Judge's spectacular catch against the Dodgers.
The Yankees captain ran full speed to rob J.D. Martinez of an extra-base hit before crashing through the right-field bullpen gate at Dodger Stadium.
Judge's great play came at a huge price, though, as he suffered a toe injury.