Vogelbach smacked a grand slam in a pinch-hit at-bat in the eighth inning of Monday's win over the Astros. Vogelbach single-handedly led Seattle to a win with one swing of the bat, as his 398-foot shot to right center in the eighth with two out and the bases jammed gave the Mariners all their runs on the night. The 25-year-old has now left the yard in consecutive games, leading to six RBI during that stretch.
Vogelbach went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Angels on Sunday. After having sat altogether in eight of 10 September games while dealing with a hamstring issue, Vogelbach was a late addition to the lineup Sunday as the designated hitter in place of Nelson Cruz (illness). The 25-year-old responded with a 429-foot shot to right field in the fourth with Kyle Seager aboard that knotted the game at 3-3. Sunday marked Vogelbach's first start since returning from Triple-A Tacoma upon roster expansions, and he could be in line for another in Monday's series opener versus the Astros if Cruz's absence lingers.
Vogelbach (hamstring) will serve as the Mariners' designated hitter and bat sixth Sunday against the Angels, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Vogelbach was a late addition to the starting lineup after Nelson Cruz was scratched with an illness. Though Vogelbach has been battling a hamstring issue of his own lately, his presence in the lineup suggests that it's not a major concern. Over his 80 plate appearances with the big club this season, Vogelbach is slashing .209/.338/.328 and has struck out 24 times (30 percent).
Vogelbach, who was one of the players called up from Triple-A Tacoma upon roster expansion earlier this month, is currently limited to pinch-hit duty due to a hamstring injury, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Manager Scott Servais is on record as stating that it's highly unlikely Vogelbach sees any action in the field until he's regained full health. The 25-year-old slashed .293/.437/.552 over 378 plate appearances with the Rainiers in 2018, a line that included 37 extra-base hits (17 doubles, 20 home runs) and 61 RBI.
Vogelbach was called up by the Mariners on Tuesday. Vogelbach hit just .212/.342/.333 in 25 games with the Mariners earlier in the year. He'll likely be little more than a bench bat over the final month of the season.