Springer enjoys best day as pro

Astros' No. 3 prospect goes 4-for-4 with a pair of triples

By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com | April 24, 2012 9:30 PM ET

George Springer's bat looks like it may have woken up.

The Astros' No. 3 prospect collected four hits and drove in three runs as Lancaster defeated Rancho Cucamonga, 6-3, on Tuesday.

After singling in his first two at-bats, Springer tripled to left field, scoring a pair of runs in the JetHawks' five-run fourth inning. Two innings later, the 2011 first-rounder smacked an RBI triple to right field.

Springer entered the game batting .214 with five extra-base hits for the JetHawks. However over his last four games the 22-year-old center fielder is 7-for-17 with three triples and four RBIs. Overall Springer is batting .257 with a .742 OPS in 18 California League games.

The University of Connecticut Product had never smacked four hits in a game since becoming a pro. His previous high was two hits and the three RBIs are the most since he plated five on Opening Day.

Jiovanni Mier, the Astros' first-round pick in 2009, was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Bobby Doran earned his second win after fanning seven and allowing one run on three hits over seven innings.

Austin Gallagher slugged a solo homer for the Quakes, his third homer in seven games.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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