Lorenzo Cain hit more home runs against the New York Yankees on Tuesday than he has all season. But the Kansas City Royals center fielder’s three home runs proved insufficient to beat the Bronx Bombers.
The righty launched an opposite-field homer to the short porch in Yankee Stadium’s right field in the third, hit one to the left-center power alley in the fifth, and clobbered his third home run of the night to right-center in the eighth.
Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed two of those home runs and a third to Cheslor Cuthbert, enjoyed a long leash going seven and he endured a rough outing giving up six. But two-run doubles by Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann nearly offset the five runs plated by Cain’s three dingers. And Aroldis Chapman registered 102 on the radar gun in the ninth to close out the 10-7 Yankees win.
Hundreds of players have hit three home runs in a game. But few left with a loss after thrice leaving the park. Atlanta Braves infielder Bob Horner and Hall of Famer Bob Delahanty remain the only MLB players to hit four home runs in a losing effort.