The Boston Red Sox had taken the first two games of their four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, somewhat stifling the recently streaking Jays. However, Saturday’s afternoon game proved to be a different story as they Jays were able to force the Red Sox to strand eight men on base and got solid production from their big bats.
The biggest bat for Toronto on Saturday belonged to their biggest star in Jose Bautista. Bautista cranked a 406-foot solo home run in the sixth inning over the Green Monster and added another two-run dinger that traveled 417 feet. As if that weren’t enough, he also put the ball in play in the ninth inning that allowed Jose Reyes to score on an error.
Bautista finished Saturday’s 6-2 win for Toronto going 2-4 from the plate with those three RBIs and being walked in another plate appearance.
The Blue Jays have to be hoping that Saturday’s big game snaps Bautista out of the funk that he’s been in over the month of June. Coming into Saturday’s contest, he has been hitting an abysmal .182 with just a .583 OPS in June. He had scored 15 runs and driven in 17, but he had only hit four home runs and two doubles and had struck out a pretty lofty 20 times in the month.
Bautista over the past few seasons has been the rock of this struggling Jay’s organization. With the influx of talent that Toronto got this offseason, Bautista was expected to finally be the leader of a quality team, but that hasn’t exactly been the case as the team has struggled to find consistent success.
After Saturday, Bautista is hitting .247 with an .836 OPS and has knocked him 48 runs with 18 homers and has scored 52 runs. However, the Jays need Bautista to be better and more consistent going forward if they want to climb into the race atop their division. Certainly, the Jays are hoping Saturday was a sign that good things from Bautista are on the way.