That’s how you make a good first impression.
Trey Mancini’s first three hits with the Astros have all been booming home runs.
Mancini, acquired from Baltimore on Monday to bolster Houston’s already dynamic lineup, notched his first hit with Houston on Wednesday, crushing a two-run shot to left field against the Red Sox.
Then, on Friday night against the Guardians in Cleveland, the 30-year-old hit a solo homer in the second and capped the Astros’ five-run third with a grand-slam blast that cleared the 19-foot wall in left field and landed in the home run porch.
“It took me a long time,” Mancini said about his grand slam. “I finally got one.”
Mancini had just 10 home runs in 354 at bats this year for the Orioles, though he was in part victimized by the revamped left field dimensions at Camden Yards.
The Astros acquired Mancini, along with Boston’s Christian Vazquez, to fortify the middle of their order with right-handed power bats. The early returns on Mancini have been positive.
Mancini now has 13 home runs for the year to go with 48 RBI and a slash line of .268/.345/.425.
— with AP