By: Ryan Colpitts
It was an electrifying afternoon at the Rogers Centre as the Jays were set to face off against the Detroit Tigers in the second game of the series. The boys in blue took game one in a close one Friday night, winning it 5-3. They were looking to improve their run support, and that they did.
Edwin Encarnacion got things started in the bottom of the first, by launching a 3-run shot over the left field wall. Fans had a sense that this game was going to be one for the ages, and not only another win in the column.
Every inning, the Jays seemed to be able to get their bats swinging enough to score a run in every inning except for the 5th. Drew Hutchison pitched through seven innings giving up only six hits, one walk, while striking out seven. Hendriks and Schultz would then come in to close out the game.
However, if you look back at the stat board, you should see Ben Revere come out as the hero of today’s game going 4-5 at the plate, with a spectacular catch in the third inning. However, Revere came in second to today’s history maker, Encarnacion. Edwin’s home run in the first inning was the insurance he needed to keep his hit streak going. He now sits on a 24 game hit streak, but he wasn’t finished there.
Heading into the seventh inning, the Ed-wing came on with the bases loaded. On a 2-0 pitch, he launched his 26th home run of the year on a grand slam. By hitting the grand slam, he was able to set a few records in the process. Edwin is the first Jay with three home runs and a grand slam at the same time. He is also the first player in franchise history to record an extra base hit and RBI in seven consecutive games. By the end of the game, he now has hit nine homers in his last ten games.
He now ties the top of the list with the most RBI in a game. The spot was previously held by Roy Howell (1977) followed by Adam Lind during the 2009 season with eight. With so much history made in front of a sold out crowd of 46,000, the Jays faithful paid homage to Edwin’s last home run by tossing hats in the outfield.
When it comes to a team stat made today as well, today’s game was the 21st time the Jays have scored 10 or more runs in a game this season. They are also the only team to have scored over 700 runs thus far. 28 other teams have yet to score 600. The only team to have more than 600 hits is the New York Yankees.
Mark Buehrle will take the mound as the blue birds look to sweep the Tigers out of town.