Nelson Cruz Homers in Fifth Straight
How Long Can He Keep It Up?
It didn’t take all that long for Nelson Cruz to keep his home run hitting streak going on Wednesday night. Cruz belted a home run in his fifth straight game in the fourth inning in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
At this point, Cruz is tied for the second-longest streak in Seattle Mariners history, with Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner, and Richie Zisk. Ken Griffey Jr. holds the Mariners record hitting in eight straight back in 1993.
After a slow start to the season, Cruz has certainly come on with a hitting line of .294/.368/.824/1.192. After slugging 40 home runs last season, he was rewarded a four-year $57 million free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners and is doing exactly what he was signed to do. He now has six home runs on the season in nine games. He didn’t hit his sixth home run last season until the 19th game of the season.
Unfortunately for the rest of the team, Seattle is off to a 3-6 start on the season and were just swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Tomorrow should be good, a day to refresh our minds and start fresh. I think everybody needs a day off. I don’t think it’ll hurt to get a day off” Cruz told reporters talking about an off day before heading back to SAFECO for a nine-game homestand. Seattle is scheduled to play three against American League West rival Texas Rangers starting on Friday.