Jays fans, 'chicks,' everyone digs the long ball
David Vincent who knows everything and anything about home runs points out a few facts about the Blue Jays heavy hitters and their home runs:
That the Jays had three five-homer games
1) April, 17, in an 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre
Russell Martin hit a solo shot off Julio Teheran in the second and another off Jim Johnson in the eighth.
Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer off Teheran in the third and a solo homer off Teheran in the fifth.
Devon Travis hit a solo homer against Teheran in the first.
2) July 1, Canada Day, in an 11-2 win over the Boston Red Sox
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer against Rick Porcello in the first and a solo bomb off Robbie Ross in the third.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer against Porcello in the first.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run bomb against Porcello in the second
Donaldson hit a two-run homer off Jonathan Aro in the eighth.
3) Sept. 11, in an 11-5 win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Martin hit a solo shot facing Andrew Bailey in the fifth and a two-run homer against Chasen Shreve in the seventh.
Donaldson hit a two-run homer against Luis Severino in the first.
Smoak tagged a two-run drive off Severino in the first.
Encarnacion homered, a two-run drove against Chris Martin in the fourth.
Jays hold the MLB record with 10 homers on Sept. 14, 1987
(Ernie Whitt three, Rance Mulliniks two, George Bell, two, Lloyd Moseby, Rob Ducey and Fred McGriff.
The Jays 232 homers led the majors in 2015. The record is 264 by Mariners in 1997; 232 is impressive but does not make the top 10.)
Donaldson, May 18, 10th inning, 6-5 off the Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon.
Donaldson, May 26, 10-9 over the White Sox three-run homer off closer David Robertston.
Encarnacion, June 9, 4-3 decision over the Marlins, two-run homer off A.J. Ramos
Ryan Goins, Sept. 1, 5-3 win over Indians, two-run homer bottom 10th off Bryan Shaw.
Donaldson, Sept. 27, 5-4 off Tampa Bay’s Steve Geltz.
Donaldson finished with 41 homers. Bautista 40 and Encarnacion 39. This is only the fourth time in history a team has had three players with 39 or more homers
1973 Braves: Hank Aaron 40, Darrell Evans 41, Davey Johnson 43.
1996 Rockies: Ellis Burks 40, Castilla 40, Andres Galarraga 47.
1997 Rockies: Vinny Castilla 40, Andres Galarraga 41, Larry Walker 49.
_ Bob Elliott