Houston Astros outfielder George Springer hit yet another home run Thursday night, giving him seven in his last seven games, something that hasn't been accomplished by a rookie since Rudy York in 1937, per Evan Drellich of The Houston Chronicle.
Springer picked a good spot for the historic two-run homer, as his line-drive blast broke a 1-1 tie with the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh inning. The 3-1 lead would hold up, as the Astros improved to 23-32 with a sixth consecutive victory.
The 11th overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, Springer was called up to the majors in mid-April after terrorizing Triple-A pitching through the first 13 games of the season. He struggled at first, striking out 29 times before he hit his first home run in a May 8 game against the Detroit Tigers.
The 24-year-old outfielder put the early woes in his rear-view mirror, however, as he now has a .319 batting average in May, with 10 home runs, 25 RBI and 22 runs in 24 games.
Springer and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu—who is currently on the disabled list due to an ankle injury—are the only rookies with double-digit home runs, despite the fact that both have missed significant chunks of the season. Springer has 10 in 149 at-bats, while Abreu has 15 in 173 at-bats.
As incredible as both have been, neither can match the month Rudy York had as a rookie with the Detroit Tigers in August 1937. Not only did York hit seven dingers in a seven-game span, but he also set the American League record for most home runs in a calendar month with an incredible 18, per MLB.com.
Oddly enough, just hours before Springer matched one of York's milestones, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit his 16th home run in May. If the slugging Jay can hit two more dingers in the final two games of the month, he'll match what was arguably York's most notable record from that historic rookie campaign.
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