Homer barrage for Jays, Arencibia
Posted on: August 7, 2010 3:52 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 4:51 pm
It's safe to assume J.P. Arencibia will never forget his first game as a major leaguer.
Toronto's catching phenom made a major impact in his debut, homering on the first big-league pitch he saw and later adding a solo shot as the Blue Jays played a highly entertaining game at home against the Rays. They hit eight homers in winning 17-11.
Tampa Bay starter James Shields tied a modern-era major-league record by giving up six home runs, all in the first four innings. According to Stats LLC, baseball's official stat-keeper, Shields is the eighth pitcher since 1900 to give up six in an outing.
Arencibia (pictured at right), called up Wednesday after John Buck was hurt, hit a two-run homer on a 93-mph Shields fastball in the second inning. He added a double in his second at-bat and a solo homer in the sixth. He was 4 for 4 in his first six innings as a big leaguer and finished 4 for 5.
Arencibia was the first Toronto player to homer in his first at-bat since Junior Felix in 1989.
The Rays had never given up more than six homers in a game. They also set a team record by allowing 48 total bases.
The Blue Jays have the major-league record with 10 homers in a game (all the more amazing because they only batted eight times) against the Orioles on September 14, 1987. Here is the box score from that game.
-- David Andriesen
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