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Today in Blue Jays History: J.P. Arencibia Hits Two Homers and a Triple

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Toronto Blue Jays open up the second half of the season against the Texas Rangers Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Nine Years Ago Today (time flies)

Opening Day 2011 (remember when Opening Day meant baseball?). The Twins were in Toronto. The Jays won 13-3.

J.P. Arencibia hit 2 home runs and a triple. He had 5 RBIs.

Other Jays had a good day too. Jose Bautista went 3 for 4 with a home run. Adam Lind went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI.

Rickey Romero started and pitched 6.1, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned, 0 walks and 7 strikeouts. Casey Janssen, Jason Frasor and Carlos Villanueva pitched in relief.

From the recap:

J.P. Arencibia couldn’t get a hit this spring if my sister was pitching, then second at bat of the season he hits a long homer to dead center. Next time up a triple to the wall in center. Then an opposite field homer. Just a wow night for him.

Also from the recap:

Our first inning might have been the most fun I’ve had watching baseball ever. Rajai Davis beat out a infield grounder for a single. Not only was it an infield single, it was a hit hard ball, almost straight at the shortstop and Davis still beat it out. Then Davis was picked off first but managed to get back to first after a short run down. Escobar singled, then he and Davis pulled off a double steal. When was the last time you saw the Jays do a double steal? Bautista walked. Lind was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Hill flied out to center and all three runners moved up. Adam Lind tagged up from first to go to second on a not particularly deep fly to center. Adam Lind. Edwin Encarnacion hit a sac fly. Travis Snider reached on an error and suddenly we are up by 4 without a home run.

JP hit two home runs in his first MLB game, the season before on August 7th. He had good moments, unfortunately he didn’t have enough of them. He had a problem with breaking balls, and never learned to control the strikezone. He would end his career with 85 walks and 484 strikeouts.

You can see the game’s boxscore here.