Another day, another three-homer game in Major League Baseball.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz smacked three dingers in the first five innings against Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, continuing his team's torrid season-long home run pace:
Per MLB, Cruz' homers went a combined 1,336 feet.
The Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info) relayed the significance of the three-homer night in relation to the New York Mets' Robinson Cano and St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong doing the same over the past two days:
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According to @EliasSports this is the first time in MLB history where there's been a 3-HR game in 3 straight days July 23, July 24 & July 25. However, the last time there were three 3-HR games in a 3-day span was April 30-May 2, 2018 where multiple 3 HR games were on the say day https://t.co/1Kpc8plWUu
The performance was impressive enough on its own, but Cruz doing so against a 2019 All-Star in Giolito makes it even more noteworthy. Giolito entered the game with an 11-4 record, a 3.12 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 112.2 innings. He only allowed 10 home runs this season prior to Thursday.
The Twins and White Sox are in the midst of a four-game set through Sunday at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field.