Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays smashes a league-leading home run, passing his father.


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays smashes a league-leading home run, passing his father.

In a Toronto Blue Jays triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a 114-mph fastball over the left field fence to take the MLB lead in home runs.

Guerrero hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of Monday’s 8-1 victory at Rogers Centre in Toronto. In the triumph, the first baseman for the Blue Jays finished 1 for 5 with an RBI, a run scored, and a strikeout.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters, “I keep using the same line: I can’t believe what I just watched.” “It was entertaining to watch.”

Guerrero is on a tear.

This season, he hit 318 with 45 home runs and 103 RBIs. With 171 hits, the American League MVP candidate leads baseball.

His 45th home run of the 2021 season is one more than his father’s single-season career high. For the Montreal Expos in 2000, Vladimir Guerrero Sr. hit.345 with 44 home runs and 123 RBIs.

Lourdes Gurriel of the Blue Jays broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning of Monday’s triumph.

For a 2-0 lead, center fielder Randal Grichuk followed with an RBI double. In the next at-bat, third baseman Breyvic Valera blasted a two-run single to bring the inning to a close.

In the fifth inning, the Blue Jays added three more runs for insurance. Guerrero struck out in the frame’s first at-bat. In the next at-bat, shortstop Bo Bichette hit a 366-foot solo shot off Rays reliever Ryan Yarbrough.

In the same inning, Gurriel and Valera both hit RBI singles.

Marcus Semien, the Blue Jays’ second baseman, led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a groundout. Guerrero then took the mound against Rays reliever Adam Conley.

On the first pitch of the game, Guerrero fouled off a fastball. Conley’s next three pitches all went out of the strike zone. Guerrero connected with the left-sixth hander’s pitch, a 3-1 fastball, just over the left-field wall for a 356-foot homer.

According to Statcast, the ball only traveled 34 feet over the grass as it departed the field.

Montoyo stated, “I believe the third baseman jumped.” “I believe I saw that and assumed it was going to crash into the wall. That ball is not going anywhere. Then, when it was turned off, I went,… Article Summary from Nokia News


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