Home, sweet homers
By Caitlyn Holroyd, QMI Agency
|Yan Gomes is all smiles as he rounds the bases and shakes hands with third base coach Brian Butterfield after he hit his first major league home run against the New York Mets last night.
TORONTO - The Jays have found a friend in the home run while facing the two visiting teams from New York this week.
In their series against the Yankees, Toronto hit a total of six home runs, limiting their division rivals to just two runs total in both games. Last night, the long ball appeared once again as the team scored five homers in its 14-5 win over the Mets in the first of their three-game interleague series.
Jose Bautista and J.P. Arencibia have been particularly impressive in the past three games, combining for six homers. Bautista now has five in his past eight games and 10 total this season. Arencibia also has five in his past eight and seven this season. In Friday night’s game, he and Rajai Davis each came through with a pair while Yan Gomes — the first Brazilian to play in the major leagues — celebrated the first of his career.
“I was thinking about my parents and my fiancée. First I was like, ‘That’s unbelievable, I can’t believe this just happened.’ It was a great feeling.”
Davis also celebrated a career-first two homers in a major league game and tallied his first and second of the season. He managed just one total with the Jays last season.
“First game in little league and then only hit one the rest of the season but that was then, this is now,” Davis said about the last time he scored two in a game.
Manager John Farrell was asked after the game about Davis’ change in approach at the plate.
“When we discussed keeping two hands on the bat, it’s allowed him to stay more compact. His hand path to the swing is closer to his body allowing his centre of balance to stay more under control. Now he’s starting to put a swing on some balls to take advantage of that.”