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Today in Blue Jays history: Edwin Encarnacion hits three home runs

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Ten Years Ago Today

Edwin Encarnacion hit 3 home runs against the Diamondbacks.

We hit 6 home runs. Fred Lewis started the game off with a home run. Jose Bautista hit one in the eight, and Adam Lind hit one in the ninth.

6 home runs, and we lost. Diamondbacks won 8-6. I don’t suppose I have to tell you this, but all the homers were solo shots.

It was Edwin’s fourth game back after missing time with a right arm injury. His rehab time was cut short when Travis Snider went on the DL with a wrist sprain. It was terrible timing for Travis. He was hitting decent to start the season and was playing every day. He wouldn’t be back until the end of July. It was too bad; Travis was establishing himself, and then missed two and a half months, and then didn’t hit as well when he came back.

If you rememeber the game you know that the three home runs Edwin hit weren’t cheapies. He crushed them. Edwin wasn’t exactly loved by Jays fans, back then, but when you saw how far he could hit the ball, you knew there was potential there.

The rest of the game? Well, we hit 6 home runs and we lost, so you know it wasn’t good. From the recap:

On the not so good side. Brandon Morrow had a bad start. 4 innings, 8 hits, 6 earned, 6 k. In a reversal of his normal bad game, he only walked one batter. He was hurt by a lack of communication between Encarnacion and Lewis that allowed a popup that should have been caught to become a ‘double’. Tough to assign blame. If the outfielder can get the ball, it is his. Lewis was clearly calling for it, and Edwin should have come out of the way, but it is possible that Edwin didn’t hear Fred. He has to keep going for the ball until he is called off.

That’s the most hittable Brandon has looked all season. Pitches were left up high in the zone. Not only was he hit, he was hit hard, 5 doubles and a home run against. We can mentally subtract one of those doubles, but the others were hit hard. After 4 decent starts in a row, Morrow has had a terrible start, a good start and tonight.

Also, from the recap:

Diamondback’s pitcher Dan Haren, pitched pretty well, but he was much better with the bat, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI. With 2 runners on in the 4th, he showed bunt then pulled the bat back and hit a double, driving in both runners. Even the at bats where he didn’t hit, he saw a lot of pitches.

We had a shot at a comeback. Down four going into the ninth, we got two-out back-to-back home runs from Edwin and Lind. Then Lewis doubled off the wall to bring the tying run to the plate, but Aaron Hill ended the game with a flyout.

Toronto Blue Jays Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str WPA Details
Fred Lewis LF 5 1 2 1 0 2 5 .288 .324 .477 .801 24 15 0.089 HR,2B
Aaron Hill 2B 5 0 0 0 0 2 5 .164 .281 .310 .592 20 14 -0.084
Jose Bautista RF 4 1 1 1 0 1 4 .242 .349 .567 .916 17 11 -0.048 HR
Vernon Wells CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .300 .356 .588 .945 9 7 -0.019
Lyle Overbay 1B 4 0 2 0 0 1 4 .208 .293 .364 .657 12 9 0.036
Alex Gonzalez SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .273 .304 .545 .850 16 11 -0.040 GDP
John Buck C 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .270 .325 .574 .899 9 8 -0.095
Edwin Encarnacion 3B 4 3 3 3 0 0 4 .250 .294 .659 .953 11 8 0.042 3·HR
Brandon Morrow P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 3 2 -0.027
Mike McCoy PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .205 .279 .282 .561 4 3 -0.017
Josh Roenicke P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Reed PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533 7 4 -0.009
Casey Janssen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rommie Lewis P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Lind PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 .230 .301 .400 .701 3 3 0.008 HR
Team Totals 38 6 12 6 0 9 38 .316 .316 .816 1.132 135 95 -0.164
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Arizona Diamondbacks Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str WPA Details
Kelly Johnson 2B 3 0 0 0 2 1 5 .255 .356 .577 .934 26 12 -0.035
Conor Jackson LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 5 .250 .356 .318 .674 12 10 -0.009 2B
Stephen Drew SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 5 .301 .367 .497 .864 20 14 -0.055
Justin Upton RF 5 2 3 0 0 1 5 .262 .332 .458 .790 16 9 0.100 2B
Adam LaRoche 1B 3 2 2 2 1 0 4 .283 .379 .551 .930 9 5 0.251 HR,2B
Mark Reynolds 3B 4 1 2 2 0 1 4 .228 .343 .497 .839 18 13 0.044 2B,CS
Chris Young CF 4 2 2 1 0 1 4 .288 .360 .471 .831 15 11 0.009 HR,GDP
Chris Snyder C 3 1 1 0 1 1 4 .231 .365 .452 .817 22 10 -0.028
Dan Haren P 4 0 2 3 0 1 4 .414 .414 .586 1.000 23 17 0.059 2·2B
J.C. Gutierrez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chad Qualls P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 36 8 14 8 4 8 40 .389 .450 .722 1.172 161 101 0.336
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Toronto Blue Jays Table
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD WPA
Brandon Morrow, L (3-4) 4 8 6 6 1 5 1 6.80 21 83 55 32 12 11 4 11 4 -0.324
Josh Roenicke 2 2 1 1 3 2 0 5.73 10 39 20 12 4 4 2 3 1 -0.004
Casey Janssen 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 4.66 5 25 15 6 2 7 1 3 2 -0.012
Rommie Lewis 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.18 4 14 11 8 1 2 1 3 0 0.003
Team Totals 8 14 8 8 4 8 2 9.00 40 161 101 58 19 24 8 20 7 -0.337
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Arizona Diamondbacks Table
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD WPA
Dan Haren, W (5-3) 8 9 4 4 0 8 4 4.79 32 110 77 41 14 22 9 15 4 0.149
J.C. Gutierrez 0.2 3 2 2 0 1 2 9.37 5 20 15 8 3 4 1 3 1 -0.023
Chad Qualls, S (8) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.75 1 5 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0.038
Team Totals 9 12 6 6 0 9 6 6.00 38 135 95 50 19 26 10 19 5 0.164
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