The Angels beat the Yankees, 7-5, on Wednesday night thanks in large part to some solid relief pitching and the bat of Andrelton Simmons, as his two-run homer in the seventh gave the Angels the lead they wouldn't relinquish.
But it was that very homer, hit off Yankees rookie right-hander Ronald Herrera, that required a second look. You see, Simmons connected on the off-speed pitch from one knee before sending the ball into the left-field seats:
If that type of swing and follow-through seems familiar, it should: It happens pretty often when Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is at the plate:
A fine homage delivered by Simmons, really. After the game, he told MLB.com's Kaelen Jones that he was just happy to contribute to the victory:
As for homering on one knee, he wasn't sure if he'd ever hit one out like that before ... but: