Springer erupts as Astros crush Royals

Springer erupts as Astros crush Royals
May 26, 2014, 11:30 pm
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CSNHouston Staff

On a Memorial Day night when the Astros wore camouflaged-accented uniforms, their young prized rookie George Springer really stood out.

On Monday, he went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored as the Astros beat down the Royals 9-2, their third win in a row.

“I'm just trying to hit the ball hard and whatever happens, happens,” he said before leaving the field on Monday night.

Well, it’s certainly happening.

Springer, who arrived to the Majors with fanfare and his very own Springer Day in mid-April, is swinging the bat like someone who has a future as a star in Major League Baseball. He has now homered in four straight games after struggling early in his MLB run.

“He was special tonight,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “The two doubles, the home run, you look at the great catch in right field, scoring from second base on a bloop single that not many guys would be able to score on. He impacted the game in every phase tonight.”

“He’s a pretty entertaining guy to watch,” said Astros starter Scott Feldman, who picked up the win. “Even at the beginning of the season when he was struggling, you saw the talent there and I think it’s just really his mental makeup that he went through the struggles and didn’t lose his confidence and just kept doing what he knows he can do and now it’s starting to pay off for him.”

Springer has been red-hot since missing two games with injury. Springer strained his right hip flexor against the Angels on May 21 and missed the next two games. Since then, he’s been even better.

In the three games since returning to the lineup, he's gone 7-for-13 with four homers, 10 RBIs and eight runs scored. Pretty impressive.

Still, the 24-year-old is remaining humble.

“I’m just trying to help the team win,” he said, “and whatever way I can do it, I’m happy to help.”

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