Sometimes, Toronto Blue Jays phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits a ball extremely hard. On Saturday night, he got one real good in Boston. It would turn out to be his sixth home run of the 2020 season, and one of the more impressive bombs he’s ever dropped.
Did you hear the sound of that ball hitting that sign in the outfield? Guerrero Jr. needs to continue grinding. While he drove in three runs with one swing and now has 20 RBI on the year, his average sits at .259 and his OPS is .792 (he also drew two walks, which is a positive sign).
Still, the Blue Jays and their often written about miscues let this one get away from them like so many young upstart teams often do.
Entering the bottom of the ninth inning with an 8-7 lead and with closer Anthony Bass on the bump, Xander Bogaerts hit a home run to tie the game at 8-8. A few hitters later, the Red Sox scratched across the winning run for a 9-8 final.
Furthermore, Teoscar Hernandez hit his 14th home run of the year to open up scoring in this contest. These two teams will wrap up the series on Sunday in what becomes an important game for the 21-18 Blue Jays. Indeed, they make a quick trip to Yankee Stadium on Monday in what could be a stretch that determines if they grab a Wildcard Playoff spot or not.
We are about to learn what Toronto is made of in a pennant chase – on the road away from Sahlen Field in Buffalo.
Finally, a little torrid stretch from Guerrero Jr. could really give the Jays a shot in the arm and put his final season numbers in great territory in his sophomore campaign. There’s few things we would like to see more.