After nine games of silence TOR Blge finally hit his 37th home run
Toronto Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 22, who has not had a long shot since August, finally broke the silence.
Guerrero started as the third first baseman in a home game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Center on the 31st (Korea time), and hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the score trailing 0-1, he hit a fastball of 151 kilometers per hour by opposing starter Chris Ellis to cross the left fence.
Guerrero hit only three home runs in 27 games in August. Although he had been hitting down in the last seven games, he rarely got a pitch that went over the fence. The last game to hit a home run was against the Detroit Tigers on the 21st.
Looking at the monthly record, Guerrero’s slump in August is even more pronounced. Guerrero, who hit seven home runs in April, showed a good pace with nine in May and ten in June. He also recorded seven home runs in July, heating up the Major League home run race with Shohei Otani (27, LA Angels).
But this month, Guerrero became silent and a new competitor emerged. Salvador Perez, 31, was the Kansas City Royals. Perez chased Otani, the leader of the division, by three points with 38 home runs in August, with 12 home runs, including an arch in five games.
Guerrero was pushed out of the home run race for a while, but he hit his 37th home run and jumped back into the competition.