A pair of rookies made history Sunday afternoon when outfielders Julio Rodrigues and Michael Harris II became the first pair of players 21 or younger to hit two home runs in the same game in Major League Baseball history.
This fact comes from Alex Mayerwho shared it on Twitter Sunday night.
Mayer also pointed out that the last time multiple players 21 or younger hit two or more home runs on the same day was August 21, 1996, when Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Scott Rolen and another Mariners rookie named Alex Rodriguez each hit .
Both Rodriguez and Harris are enjoying incredible rookie seasons.
Rodriguez is the odds-on favorite in most sportsbooks for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Harris is in a close race for the National League Rookie of the Year Award with teammate Spencer Strider.
Harris’ second home run of the day came with his team trailing by four runs in the top of the ninth inning, with two outs. Down to his final at-bat, Harris crushed a three-run shot into the upper deck at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
The Braves would go on to take a 7-6 lead.
Rodriguez, however, would have the last laugh. His solo home run in the bottom of the ninth would tie the game for the Mariners. Two batters later, third baseman Eugenio Suarez would deliver a walk-off homer to give the Mariners an 8–7 victory and a home series win.
The Mariners will have Monday off, then host the San Diego Padres in two games on Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Anaheim for a series with the Angels next weekend.