Already the face of the up-and-coming Toronto Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr also looked like part of the Real Maple Leaf on Wednesday night.
Guerrero dropped a bloodstain on his right ring finger to make three home runs against the New York Yankees, including two shots that knocked Gerrit Cole down, in Toronto’s 6-4 win.
New York manager Aaron Boone talks about Guerrero. “One of the best tycoons in the world.”
The American League runner-up beat Cole in the first inning, let his hand accidentally concede a first-base goal in the second and beat Cole in the third to give Toronto a 3-0 lead. He doubled Cole’s lead in the sixth game – giving the pitcher his hat to the 23-year-old – then hit a 443-foot header against Jonathan Loaisiga in the eighth game to lead 5-3. .
“Did you see his night?” Cole said in his post-game availability post when asked about the tip of the limit. “If you have a limit, you will also recommend it.”
It was the second three-round match of Guerrero’s career, matching a career high set last April 27 against the Washington Nationals.
The Blue Jays took two of three from the Yankees with the series’ finale on Thursday. New York’s new roster has struggled hard in this hometown inaugural season, even receiving some boos from Yankees loyalists.
It seemed that Guerrero would have to leave in the second half when his bare-handed pitch was accidentally conceded by player Aaron Hicks. Guerrero had to stretch over his body to catch midfielder Bo Bichette’s throw and put his right hand behind the first base pocket for balance. Hicks stamped his feet and ran out an internal single.
Guerrero immediately began waving and walking towards the Toronto construction as blood ran down his uniform and pitch.
In a display of toughness that is sure to please die-hard hockey fans in Toronto, Guerrero let a coach bandage him and jog back to first base. few minutes later.
With a bloodstain on his right thigh, he headed in the third and turned Cole’s fast 98 mph ball into a 427-foot two-time homer and a 3-0 lead of the Blue Jays.
Toronto coach Charlie Montoyo said after the win that Guerrero simply didn’t want to leave the match and, of course, the team didn’t want it either. Montoyo credited the Toronto coaching staff as well as preparing for the return of the first fighter.
Montoyo said: “Apart from Vladdy, the coaches are tonight’s MVPs.
Guerrero received two stitches after the game but said his hand feels fine, although he anticipates some possible pain on Thursday.
“It’s not that bad,” he said.
Guerrero used his right hand to hit high with basic coaches Mark Budzinski and Luis Rivera as he circled the pillars then clapped his hands together before hitting the home side’s goal.
Guerrero’s first shot was nearly robbed by Hicks in the middle of the field, who jumped above the wall and briefly had the ball in his hand. It fell out when Hicks hit a wall, bounced off something over the fence of the house track, and got back into play. A replay evaluation confirmed the ball had gone out.
“I wish it was against someone else,” said New York quarterback Aaron Judge, “so I could have watched it on TV rather than watch it live.”
Guerrero has started four times in six games this season after leading the major leagues with 48 games last season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33734931/vladimir-guerrero-jr-one-best-hitters-world-battles-gash-hit-three-homers Vladimir Guerrero Jr., ‘one of the best shooters in the world’, fought through and through to hit the three hosts.