Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slammed a double in the first inning (pictured above). He also drew a walk, and had a rocket RBI single. Plakata is hitting the ball so damn hard right now on a nightly basis.
Of course this was on the heels of his epic at-bat against Aroldis Chapman yesterday. Guerrero Jr. looks like he has gained a ton of confidence and comfort.
After scoring three more runs, he has a .276/.349/.462 slash on the year. He can really close in on a great season with still some meat left to go in this year, especially given the way some of the others around him are hitting.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers castaway Brock Stewart got the win after taking over in the second inning going 5.1, allowing just three earned runs. He’s now 2-0 with the Blue Jays. Moreover, this was as well as I have ever seen Stewart pitch. Typically thought to be a AAAA type guy, I really thought he looked decent on a night when the ball was flying in Toronto.
Bichette tallied four more hits. He has 25 hits in his first 15 games as a big leaguer, making him the third most all time in that category through his first 15 career games. He’s hitting .394 and is looking like a great running-mate for Guerrero Jr. and company.
Cavan Biggio, Danny Jansen, Randall Grichuk, Justin Smoak, and Brandon Drury all had really nice stat-filling nights as well.
Freddie Galvis becomes the latest veteran casualty of war as Toronto continues with the purge of all things veteran. Galvis was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, and that’s a nice pick-up for them. Currently, Galvis is hitting .267 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI. Equally important, the guy plays Gold Glove caliber defense.