Red Sox rookie Masataka Yoshida pulled off a rare feat Sunday in Boston’s matchup against the Brewers. The first-year pro smacked a pair of home runs in the eighth inning of a 12-5 win.
In doing so, he became the fourth rookie in MLB history to hit two homers in the same inning, and the first since 1962.
The Bo Sox and Brewers found themselves in a tight contest Sunday evening. Milwaukee led 4-3 heading into the eighth inning.
Things changed in a hurry, though, as the battle would turn to blowout in a half-inning’s time.
Justin Turner got the scoring started for Boston with a solo homer in the top of the frame to tie the game. Masataka Yoshida then gave his team a 5-4 lead with a solo shot of his own.
The Red Sox would tack on a few more runs to build the lead to 8-4 before Yoshida opened the flood gates.
In his second at-bat of the inning, the lefty smashed a grand slam deep to right field.
Masataka Yoshida’s second homer of the inning was SLAMMED to right! 😱 pic.twitter.com/ySDpYYy01V
— MLB (@MLB) April 23, 2023
MLB fans were quick to post their reactions.
One person wrote, “YOSHIDA IS HIM!!!!!!” Another said, “Don’t let him get cooking.”
WE LOVE TO SEE IT pic.twitter.com/YCsZZgfuLJ
— Jas☆n💫 (@JasonM_VII) April 23, 2023
The Red Sox signed Masataka Yoshida to a five-year, $90 million deal over the offseason.
On the season, Yoshida is hitting .231 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. After a slow start, he’s finding a rhythm at the plate. He’s now on a four-game hitting streak, batting .412 over that time.
The outfielder was a star while playing in Japan, and he’s now flashing his talent in the MLB.