OAKLAND, Calif. - George Springer came up short in three attempts at completing the cycle with a triple. The Astros’ leadoff man settled for a spot in the team's record book instead.
Springer, a New Britain native, went 6 for 6 with a home run to match a Houston mark in the Astros’ 16-2 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
“I don't even know how to explain it,” Springer said. “I'm happy to get six hits in a week, let alone six hits in a game. I'm pretty speechless, to be honest.”
Last year's World Series MVP doubled and scored in the first inning, hit a three-run homer in the second and then singled and scored in the fourth. Needing a triple for the cycle, he reached on infield singles in the fifth and seventh before adding a fourth single up the middle in the ninth.
Springer's batting average jumped from .264 to .292. He became the second player in club history to go 6 for 6 and the first to do it in a nine-inning game. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan accomplished the feat in a 12-inning game against the Milwaukee Braves on July 8, 1965.
“It was a remarkable night,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “You don't see that many at-bats and then on top of that, that many hits, in a lot of different ways, different parts of the ballpark. He's obviously seeing the ball really well.”
Three-time batting champ Jose Altuve was in awe.
“Six hits, that's so crazy,” Altuve said. “How do you get six hits? That was impressive.”
Springer was given the ball from his sixth hit.
“I'll save it,” he said. “I don't think I'll ever sniff (six hits) again. For me to get six, that means that the guys behind me were productive as well. It was a good night for the team.”