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A’s prospect Denzel Clarke becomes first player to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in 2 games

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One Oakland A made history this week.

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Denzel Clark, a Lansing Lugnuts outfielder and prospect ranked 15th in Organization A, became the first professional baseball player to hit two home runs inside the park in two consecutive games.

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First, Clark hit a two-run homer in Lansing’s 15-8 loss to Western Michigan on Tuesday after he hit the left field wall. It was the first home run in the park for a Lugnuts player since 2018.

Then on Wednesday, as the Lougnuts beat the West Michigan Whitecaps 8-1, Clark landed a deep right wing that bounced off the wall and back past the fielders. He made it to the house without any attempt to get it out.

Clark is now the first Lugnuts player to hit two such home runs in the same season since 2015. Clarke, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 draft, has a total of 12 home runs in a season. In June, he was promoted from the A’s Single-A team to Lansing, their High-A team, and competed in the All-Star Futures Game earlier this summer.

Several others in history have come close to a similar feat. three players hit home runs in the park twice in the same game, most recently in 1987 by Ruben Sierra.

Clark, however, is in a class of his own.

Denzel Clark of the Oakland Athletics
Denzel Clark made history this week with the Lansing Lugnuts. (Daniel Sheary/MLB Photos via Getty Images)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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