George Springer didn't wait long to make his impression on the Kansas City Royals' Edinson Volquez on Friday. Volquez, the same pitcher that previously hit Springer with a pitch in last July, breaking Springer's wrist -- resulting in Springer missing a large chunk of the 2015 season.
Volquez missed the Astros in the team's previous four-game set in Houston. Springer made the most of his chances against Volquez in the first inning.
Springer rocked the second pitch of the game, a 91-MPH sinker, off the top of the center-field wall for a triple. He would score on a Marwin Gonzalez single.
In his second at-bat of the inning with the score already 5-0 with the bases loaded, Springer blasted the first pitch (an 80-MPH knuckle curve) far of the left field wall for his third grand slam of the season.
Springer didn't say a word coming to the game about revenge for Volquez's hit-by-pitch and Springer wouldn't say that. But I'm sure it felt good blowing up Volquez for Springer.
Springer would finish 3-for-5, a double short of the cycle with five RBIs in the game. ESPN's Tristan H. Cockcroft and ESPN Stats and Info noted that Springer is only the second player to hit a triple and a home run in one inning -- he joins the Tigers' Brandon Inge who did in 2004.
Springer is also the first player in the 2016 season to hit three grand slam. The 11 earned runs over one inning made Volquez's ERA jump from 4.12 to 5.15.
On top of that, Springer had a nice catch in the outfield as well: