(Must watch video, Garrett Jones’ homeruns in 3 consecutive trips to the plate.)
Former Major leaguer, Garrett Jones (ギャレット・ジョーンズ), or just “Garrett” (ギャレット, in Japan), 35 years of age… Just had a monstrous game yesterday, facing against the Central league team, Yokohama DeNA Baystars in the NPB… blasting homeruns in 3 straight trips to the plate (a 3-run shot in the 2nd for his 10th homerun, a solo shot in the 4th for his 11th, and another 3-run shot in the 5th for his 12th… all 3 were hit off against DeNA Baystars starting pitcher, Guillermo Moscoso)… Garrett Jones finished the game going 3 for 4, with 3 homeruns (his first 3 homer game in Japan), and also with 7 RBI’s in the afternoon, with the Giants winning by a score of 9-4 against DeNA… increasing his batting average from .240 the day before, to .251 now this season.
Garrett Jones, also, now owns a batting line of .251 AVG/.481 SLG/.343 OBP, with 12 homeruns and 33 RBI’s in the year, while playing mostly as the Kyojin’s right fielder… Out of all NPB league ballparks, Garrett Jones has hit very well playing in Yokohama stadium, going 11 for 22 (.500) so far this season.
In this game, history were also made…
Garrett Jones just became the 13th recorded player in Yomiuri Giants history to hit 3 homeruns in a single game, he’s the first Yomiuri player in more than 5 years to accomplish this, since Alex Ramirez did it back in June 29, year 2010. Jones also just became the second only player in Yomiuri Giants history to have a 3 homer game in his first ever year playing in Japan, since Warren Cromartie did it back in July 4, year 1984.
Garrett Jones is now just the 3rd only foreign player in Yomiuri Giants history to accomplish this amazing 3 consecutive trip to the plate homer feat… the other 2 recorded players are South Korean slugger, “Lion King”, Lee Seung-yuop, and former Major leaguer, Alex Ramirez.
With this 3 consecutive trip homer game, Garrett Jones now joins Seibu Lions Ernesto Mejia (April 24, 2016, against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles) and Yokohama DeNA Baystar Jose Lopez (April 9, 2016, against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows)… as the only players, so far in the season, to hit homeruns in 3 straight trips to the plate in a single game.