Joey Votto is on the best home run tear of his MLB career, and the best one of any player in Reds franchise history. The veteran first baseman homered again on Thursday against the Cubs. It marked the sixth consecutive game with a home run for Votto -- a Reds franchise record -- and gave him eight homers in six games.
Here's a look at Thursday's first-inning blast:
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In the second inning on Wednesday night, the 37-year-old Votto led off with a solo shot to give the Reds the 1-0 lead.
Several Reds have homered in five consecutive games, with Eugenio Suarez being the most recent (a list that also includes Jay Bruce and Adam Dunn). The MLB record for consecutive games with a home run is eight. Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993) are tied for it.
Votto went deep in bookend fashion on Wednesday, also hitting a homer in his last at-bat of the game, in the top of the ninth:
Votto also hit two home runs Tuesday night, and it marked the first time in his career that he's had back-to-back multi-homer games.
Votto is actually on an extended hot streak, too. He was injured earlier in the year, but shortly after his return, he caught fire. In his last 42 games entering Thursday, he hit .320/.418/.653 with 14 homers and 38 RBI.
During spring training, Votto made it known that he had decided to shift his approach and look to hit for more power. He was willing to sacrifice contact and maybe strike out a bit more as a result of looking to punish the baseball more. Going from an average/contact/on-base guy with power to a straight-up power hitter would've been a weird transformation. Votto is such an impressive hitter that right now he's doing everything well and looks on track to have the third 30-homer season (he has 19 right now, despite missing over a month) of his illustrious career.