Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista watches his game-tying two-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)
Jose Bautista’s magical year keeps getting better. The Blue Jays’ super-slugging, beard-wielding outfielder smacked two home runs on Friday, a day after he’d went yard, to runs his ass-kicking 2010 home run total up to 46. The Jays lost the game, but at this point it’s all about developing prospects and Bautista chasing the MVP trophy (and club records).
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports:
It was a bad night for Jays’ pitchers wearing goggles but another good night for Jose Bautista in a 9-8 loss to the Rays in Friday’s series opener at the Rogers Centre. While starter Brett Cecil allowed seven runs in two innings and closer Kevin Gregg walked two in the ninth, allowing an unearned run to break the tie, the red-hot Bautista added two more home runs to lead the majors with 46, one shy of the club record held by fellow Dominican George Bell.
“Right now I have to keep focus on helping the team win and keep trying to produce in game situations,” Bautista said when asked about the club record.
Manager Cito Gaston had this to offer:
“Tonight was a most-valuable-player kind of night,” manager Cito Gaston said. “It’s a tough loss to take because we battled so hard to come back.”
Damn skippy Cito, it certainly was a most-valuable-player kind of night!
The crowd of 14,305 called Bautista out of the dugout for a curtain call after he circled the bases. He has gone deep 30 times at home this season, matching Carlos Delgado’s club record, set in 2000.
Check out the article here (with video of the two bombs)
Bautista attempts to tie Bell today against Wade Davis and the Rays. All signs points to JoeBau at least reaching 47, if not 48. It’s been a hell of a run folks, and it’s not over ….