Tampa Bay Rays' infielder Isaac Paredes, who homered three times against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, hit another on Wednesday night in St. Petersburg, Florida. Paredes had previously notched five home runs in his first 91 plate appearances this season.
Paredes' Wednesday blast came against Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery and gave the Rays an early 1-0 lead:
Paredes' home run made him the 15th player with four against the Yankees in the span of two games. He's the 12th player to do it in a single season, according to researcher Sarah Langs.
Paredes' effort on Tuesday night also made history as he become the first Ray/Devil Ray to hit three home runs in a game by the fifth inning. As Katie Sharp noted, Paredes was just the second player to accomplish the feat against the Yankees. The other was Mookie Betts in 2019. According to Baseball-Reference's Stathead database, Paredes' is the 638th three-homer game since 1900.
Now for a look at Paredes' power display via the magic of color television. Here's No. 1 in the first inning off Nestor Cortes:
No. 2 came in the third, again off Cortes:
And then No. 3 came in the fifth off reliever Clarke Schmidt:
As for the 23-year-old Paredes, he entered Tuesday's tilt with just seven career MLB home runs in 87 games. Five of those, however, had come this season. Acquired from the Tigers just before Opening Day in exchange for Austin Meadows, Paredes has significantly increased his hard-hit rate and his fly-ball percentage. That means it's possible he's unlocked some power on Tampa Bay's watch. What's beyond dispute is that he very much unlocked some power on against a Yankee staff that had been baseball's stingiest when it comes to home runs allowed.