Saturday, May 22, 2010
Dinger Parade in the Desert
By Ian Hunter
If you were hoping for the latter, then last night was a visual treat for you. Thanks to Alex Cushing for finding out that the Blue Jays are the first team since 1920 to have all six of their runs scored via solo home runs.
It didn't look good very early for Brandon Morrow, and it's usually a bad sign when the pitcher goes 2 for 4 and drives in three runs.
Needless to say, the Blue Jays kept it very interesting late in the ballgame. Aaron Hill was the tying run at the plate, but he got a little swing-happy early in the count and popped up to end the game.
Can you image if maybe there were even just one of two guys on base when the Jays hit those home runs? It would've been an entirely different ballgame.
At the same time, if Brandon Morrow didn't get nickle and dimed with single after single through the left side of the field, it also would've been an entirely different ballgame.
Give props to Edwin Encarnacion for knocking three dingers out of the park. With the DH not in effect, Cito took a bit of a gamble leaving Adam Lind on the bench and Encarnacion in the field. Turns out that move paid off though.
That's the great thing about these Blue Jays right now. Even though they rank second last in the American League when it comes to On Base Percentage, the long ball has consistently kept them in the game, especially when it comes down to those late innings.