Bryce Harper has recently garnered all the baseball attention for his dominant month of May. But it’s his teammate from Little League, Joey Gallo, who took center stage last night for the Texas Rangers. Young power hitters have dominated this season, and Gallo is the latest to join the show, if even just for a couple weeks.
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Filling in for an injured Adrian Beltre, who many consider to be a future Hall of Famer, Gallo made people quickly forget about his absence. Facing Jeff Samardzija, who was named to the All-Star team last season, Gallo singled in two runs with the bases loaded and two outs on a misplayed grounder in the first inning. Though scoring it a hit was questionable, he silenced any doubters in his second at bat when he crushed a two-run home run 430 feet into the right field upper deck, later taking a curtain call.
Just two innings later, he brought the crowd to his feet as he doubled to right field off the top of the wall, missing his second home run by mere inches.
Here's a few highlights from Gallo's monster debut: