Tucker’s pinch-hit heroics land him in Astros’ record books

Preston Tucker has been pretty impressive since his call-up to the Astros. 

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There are strong first impressions, and then there’s what Houston Astros rookie Preston Tucker is doing.

On Sunday, Tucker lofted a pinch-hit three-run home run off Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez to tie the score at 7. A big hit like that is already noteworthy, but for Tucker, this was even bigger: it was his second pinch-hit home run of the series. The Astros would go on to win the game 10-8. 

According to Elias, that makes him the first Astros player in club history to hit two pinch-hit homers in the same series (as pointed out by Chris Vannini of MLB.com). 

As you may imagine, Tucker felt pretty good about it all. As he told Vannini: "It feels good to do that. It feels good we won the game today, which is awesome. Going out there on short notice, I just have to simplify things and basically see a ball and hit it hard. I think I did a good job of that. Hopefully, in the future when I pinch-hit, I can continue that."

Heading into play Monday, Tucker is 12-37 with six extra base hits since his promotion to the Astros…so it’s safe to say he’s making his presence felt. 

(h/t MLB.com)