Jose Bautista Launches No. 50, 51, 52
On a historic day for Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners, Jose Bautista had to go and steal the thunder at the Rogers Centre, not to mention spoil an outstanding pitching performance by an American League Cy Young candidate.
That's just how he rolls.
The Toronto Blue Jays slugger crushed a 2-1 fastball over the left field wall off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez for his 50th home run of the season. This not only gave his team a 1-0 lead, but proved to be the only run of what turned out to be quite a pitcher's duel.
While King Feliz allowed just two hits and a run throughout his complete game, the Mariners couldn't manage to string anything together off Shawn Hill and four Toronto relievers.
Bautista became the first Blue Jay and just the 26th player in baseball history to drill at least 50 home bombs in a single season.
Meanwhile, Ichiro completed his big league-record 10th consecutive 200-hit season. That guy? Also unbelievable with a baseball bat.
Update: Jose Bautista is an animal: he hit no. 51 and 52 on the year en route to a Jays victory over the Baltimore Orioles Friday night.
[Big League Stew]