Gurriel went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 13-5 rout of Atlanta. The Jays put runs on the board in six straight innings, with Gurriel's eighth-inning shot off Tyler Matzek capping the team's scoring -- one of six Toronto homers on the night. The 27-year-old has gone yard in back-to-back games, his only two long balls in April, and he finishes the month hitting .224 with seven runs and seven RBI in 21 games. With George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez both now back in the mix, Gurriel will need to keep heating up to remain a regular part of the starting nine.
Gurriel went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Nationals. He was the only Toronto hitter to get to Erick Fedde, taking the right-hander deep in the fifth inning for his first homer of the year. Gurriel has had a rough start to the season, slashing .197/.234/.254 through 20 games, and he'll need to heat up to keep a regular spot in the lineup as the Jays' outfield gets healthier.
Gurriel is not in the lineup Sunday at Kansas City. Gurriel started the past six games and will take a seat after going 1-for-5 with three RBI during Saturday's twin bill. Josh Palacios will start in left field and bat ninth Sunday for Toronto.
Gurriel went 1-for-5 with three RBI over both halves in Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals. He kicked things off with a two-run double in the first inning of the matinee, then added a sacrifice fly in the nightcap. Gurriel has had a sluggish start at the plate and came into Saturday with zero extra-base hits and only one RBI, but with four hits in the last three days, his bat may be waking up.
Gurriel went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's 7-5 loss to Kansas City. The start of 2021 has not been kind to Gurriel, who is hitting just .205 in 39 at-bats with 10 strikeouts. He also missed last weekend due to COVID-19 protocols. The outfielder hit .287 in his first three seasons combined and presumably should begin hitting more consistently this season, with Thursday's outing being a step in the right direction. Gurriel's spot in the lineup appears secure for the time being regardless of his performance, but the return of George Springer (quad), whenever that may occur, will put some pressure on Gurriel to begin producing at the plate.
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