Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison has been one of Major League Baseball's biggest turnaround stories this season.
After hitting just .238 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI last year, Morrison has been absolutely destroying the ball this season.
In fact, on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, Morrison hit his 26th home run of the year, extending his career-high total once again (he hit 23 homers back in 2011).
Once he hit the offering from Angels pitcher Parker Bridwell in the top of the seventh inning, he knew he got all of it and celebrated appropriately, turning in one of the best bat flips of the season before rounding the bases:
Morrison's blast tied the game at 2-2, but unfortunately for LoMo and the Rays, the Angels got the last laugh, as Angels pinch-hitter C.J. Cron entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning and smacked a two-run homer to put the Angels ahead 4-2.
As you can see in the video below, Cron's bat flip was decidedly less emphatic, as he casually tosses the bat to the ground as he heads toward first base:
Though the Rays scored again in the top of the ninth on a single by Steven Souza Jr., Los Angeles closer Bud Norris was able to close the door and pick up his 14th save of the 2017 season.
Despite his team's loss on Sunday, Morrison is still having a great year with plenty of reasons for celebration, as he's hitting .257 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI for a Tampa Bay team that is right in the thick of things in the AL wildcard race.
Bridwell had been putting together an impressive game before he ran into Morrison. He finished his outing with 6.2 innings pitched, giving up the two runs to Morrison and striking out eight Tampa Bay hitters while walking only one.
Cron, who hit the game's decisive homer, has struggled this year while battling injuries and ineffectiveness. So far, he's hitting only .220 with three home runs and 16 RBI. The Angels will need a big second half from him if they're going to climb their way into the wildcard competition.
With the win, the Angels improved to 46-49 on the season, but still trail the red-hot Houston Astros by 17.5 games in the American League West division.
Over in the AL East, the Rays are faring much better, even after Sunday's loss. With a record of 49-44, Tampa Bay only trails the first-place Boston Red Sox by 2.5 games, along with the New York Yankees.
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