Isaac Paredes, tricolor dynamite


ANDIsaac Paredes from Sonora wrote his name on a special page in baseball history after becoming the sixth national baseball player last night to hit three home runs in the same game and the first to do so against the New York Yankees.

Paredes’ outstanding performance with the wood propelled the Rays to victory 5-4 against the Manhattan Mulos, with four produced by the infielder born in Hermosillo 23 years ago.

Paredes, who was acquired by the Rays in a trade with the Tigers just last April 4, came into the game with five sticks from the entire lap in the campaign with Tampa Bay. In the past two courses as a Detroit element he had a home run per season.

Of his last 13 hits this season, 10 have been extra-base hits.

His memorable performance began from the first episode in which he punished Néstor Cortés’s serpentine with a solo homer to left field, a 360-foot shot.

In the bottom of the third inning, he repeated the dose against the New Yorkers’ starter, a 402-foot left-center line.

Paredes achieved the glory previously enjoyed by Beto Ávila, Vinny Castilla (2), Erubiel Durazo (2), Adrián González (2) and more recently Christian Villanueva in 2018, like the tricolor players who preceded him with three home runs in the same game. In the fifth inning he hit reliever Clarke Schmidt with a man on board to lead the Rays to their first victory in three games.

Adrenaline definitely said I had to hit another home run,” said Paredes, who was hit in his fourth at-bat by reliever Ron Marinaccio.

For Paredes, it was the second game this season in which he hit more than one home run, after he punished his former team, Tigres, on May 18.

The fact that it was against the Yankees made it very special. It’s always a tough series against them, I’m glad we were able to get a win,” he added.

It’s a day he won’t forget,” manager Kevin Cash said of Paredes, who became the first player in Rays history to hit three home runs in the first five innings.

Tampa Bay yesterday promoted Tijuana infielder Jonathan Aranda to the first team, who is preparing to make his debut in the Major Leagues.

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