Trout, Heyward, Pujols, CarGo, Cano and several others join in on the fun
By Manny Randhawa
According to the old adage, pitchers are ahead of hitters in Spring Training. Well, that wasn't the case on Monday, as a cavalcade of stars produced a barrage of homers that included the back-to-back and even back-to-back-to-back variety.
When the Cubs and Angels got together in Tempe, Ariz., it was a slugfest that ended in an 8-8 tie and featured five jacks.
The Cubs' biggest offseason acquisition went deep for the third time this spring during a five-run third inning for Chicago. It was a three-run shot off the Angels' Nick Tropeano that traveled nearly 460 feet into the parking lot beyond the right-field wall.
Rizzo joined Heyward with a smash of his own off Tropeano in the third, a solo shot down the right-field line to put the Cubs ahead, 5-1. It was Rizzo's third Spring Training home run.
The Cubs weren't the only ones clearing the fences in Tempe on Monday. Trout belted his fourth homer of the spring, a solo shot over the left-center-field wall in the fourth inning off Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks.
It wouldn't be a true home run party without someone who's hit 560 of them in his career. Pujols followed Trout in the fourth inning with his fifth homer of the spring.
The Rockies got back-to-back-to-back homers in their game against the White Sox.
Blackmon got Colorado's home run parade going with his third of the spring, a third-inning blast off White Sox starter John Danks.
Story, the infield prospect who's been red-hot (hitting .378), followed with his sixth Cactus League homer, continuing to make a Spring Training statement with his torrid streak at the plate.
CarGo completed the trifecta for the Rockies with his third home run of the spring.
The White Sox also had three homers in the game and won, 11-7. One of them came from their slugging first baseman.
Abreu, who has 66 career homers in two big league seasons, connected for his fourth homer of the spring off Gonzalez Germen in the seventh inning.
The Mariners had to have loved what they saw in a 6-4 win over the defending World Series champion Royals:
How do you follow up a three-homer game on Sunday? How about a moon shot that clears the 30-foot-high batter's eye in center field? That's what Cano did against Kris Medlen in the fifth inning at Peoria Stadium on Monday. Cano, who posted his lowest OPS in seven seasons in 2015, has seven homers this spring.
Cruz belted his fourth Spring Training home run off Medlen in the fourth, crushing an 0-2 pitch over the berm in left-center field.
On a day of big offensive output, the Astros and Braves battled in a slugfest of their own at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with Houston getting key blasts from two stars in a 12-9 win.
Springer hit his first two homers of the spring within a span of three innings. He launched the first off Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz on the first pitch of the game, and the second off right-hander Williams Perez in the fourth.
Gomez hit his first spring homer on a shot to left off Foltynewicz to lead off the second. As soon as the ball left the bat, Gomez knew its destination and began his home run trot with a bat flip. He capped it with a dab as he crossed the plate for a 2-0 Houston lead.
Holliday blasted his first Grapefruit League homer on the first pitch he saw from Mets starter Bartolo Colon, smashing it off the building beyond the left-field wall at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.