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Jose Bautista hits three bombs, grounds out in eighth

May 15, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

Jose Bautista

4:30 p.m. EDT: Jose Batista grounded out to shortstop with a man on and two outs in the eighth.  Unless the Blue Jays can send nine men to the plate in the ninth (or the Twins score eight runs to tie the game at 11), he’s done for the day at three homers.

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Jose Bautista, who reclaimed the major league lead in homers by hitting his13th in extra innings Saturday, homered in the third, fourth and sixth innings of Sunday’s game against the Twins.

With the contest still ongoing, he’s due at least one more at-bat.

Bautista popped out foul in his first plate appearance today before taking Twins starter Brian Duensing deep in the third.  His subsequent two homers came off Kevin Slowey.

If he can do it again, he’d come the first player since the Blue Jays’ Carlos Delgado to hit four homers in a game.  Delgado accomplished the feat against the Devil Rays on Sept. 25, 2003.

Only 15 players in major league history have hit four homers in a game.

  1. saucepaws - May 15, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    This guy is unreal. I don’t even think there’s an argument over who’s the best player in baseball right now. His at-bats are “must see TV”.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Bautista has missed 8 games so far this season, but still has 16 home runs. He is averaging one home run every two games.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Wow, this guy is incredible. It’s a great story too, considering that he didn’t come into his own until he was 29 years old, and shocked the hell out of the entire league.

    (and can we please keep the comments section PED-free for once?)

    • proudlycanadian - May 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      We can try, as long as nobody points the finger at Granderson.

  4. skerney - May 15, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    I wish Jose Bautista played for my team.

  5. baseballisboring - May 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I know we’re only talking about 114 at-bats…but .368/.520/.868?? Someone must explain to me how this happens, I am thoroughly confused.

    • baseballisboring - May 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      2011 League Ranks:
      • 1st in AL in BA (.368)
      • 1st in AL in HR (16)
      • 5th in AL in RBI (27)
      • 1st in AL in R (34)
      • 1st in AL in BB (35)
      • 1st in AL in OBP (.520)
      • 1st in AL in SLG (.868)
      • 1st in AL in OPS (1.388)

  6. skerney - May 15, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    What if this guy would have opened up his stance in 2004? What a run he could have had!

  7. missthemexpos - May 15, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Is it too early in the season to nominate Alex Anthopoulos as Gm of the year? First brilliant move was trading Vernon Wells, which was followed by the piece de resisitance, the signing of Jose Bautista to a multi year contract.

    • cur68 - May 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM

      You know, he doesn’t always hit home runs, but when he does, he prefers left field. He is the most interesting hitter in the world.

  8. bobdira - May 15, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Cheatah Bautista is amazing because he is using. I watched this guy play three years ago and all last year. He added 25 pounds of muscle over the 09 off season and swings the bat like it weighs less than a pound. Come on people, this crap doesn’t happen without help. Look at the history with Bonds, Sosa, Palmero, McGuire. It’s no different and you idiots are eating it up like ice cream.

    Get your minds right. This guy is cheating and everyone is whispering about it instead of screaming it.

    Oh, and here’s a shocker……he’s from the DR where roids and other PEDs are legal and readily available.

    You may think this is amazing, cool, etc. To me and real baseball fans, it’s sickening.

    • proudlycanadian - May 15, 2011 at 9:21 PM

      Liar! Bautista did not add any muscle. He looks the same as he did in 2009.

    • cur68 - May 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM

      What the hell are you talking about? Did you just pull those numbers out of your ass, or what? He’s 6 foot and 195 pounds. If he was 25 pounds less 3 years ago he’d have been 170 lbs. A scrawny guy. In fact he looks like he weighs LESS than he weighed when he came to the Jays. Did you look at that list of guys you threw up there? They’re built like tanks, everyone of them. Bautista is not. He’s the same size and weight as over 2700 other MLB players (look it up). There is NOTHING unusual about his size. The Twins have LOUSY pitching and any very good hitter could take advantage of them. He’s an excellent hitter and he pwned them. That is all.

      • dudebrosday - May 16, 2011 at 10:11 AM

        This reminds me of when my friend said he thought Ken Griffey, Jr. was on the juice.

        Haven’t talked to him since.

  9. saucepaws - May 15, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    bobdira, you are NOT a real baseball fan if this is how you’re twisted mind works. What evidence do you have towards this? He added muscle? So if anyone adds muscle they must be using? C’mon, don’t be such an ignorant ass. He was tested 4 times last year you donkey. To use his Dominican roots as source of his PED use it borderline racist. I am assuming you’re some uneducated hick, so I’ll cut you some slack on the rest of your crazy remarks, but to say this is “sickening” to “real” baseball fans is absolutely insane. Go back to your home, ya old fart!

  10. cur68 - May 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    I’ve barely had any time to watch any baseball these past 3 days, since i was at work for nearly all of it, but in that time I was able to check the scores and I couldn’t quite believe how well The Beavermen (my boys!) were doing. This is a 5 game winning streak now. A sweep of the BoSox, and now the Twins.

    In the past 3 days Bautista has hit 5 homers. He even hit his obligatory solo right field homer over there at Target Field. Now all he needs is for his customary in the park homer (just to show what a scrappy gamer he is) then he can go back to pwning the left field fence. It looks like he’s decided to give over looking for the fast ball and decided to make the curve ball his little b!tch for a while. What’s next for MLB pitchers? They’ll just roll them up there from now on I guess.

    Shall we just stop the contest now and crown him the Chuck Norris Most Manly Baseball Player of the Year?

  11. borderline1988 - May 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Man, if 2 years ago you could have bet on Bautista becoming MLB’s best hitter, you would have got odds at like 10,000 to 1.
    Crazy stuff.

    Also, I know a lot of people are accusing him of steroid use; however, this guy is getting good wood on pitches all over the plate. He’s a fantastic hitter, steroids or no steroids.
    Great bat speed and a terrific eye.

  12. ginnitti - May 16, 2011 at 6:49 AM

    A lot of experts gawked at the 5 year $56 million deal Toronto gave him this off season. Clearly those doubts have settled. Bautista has given the Bluejays something that lineup hasn’t had in over a decade: a true power hitter. This has been a small-ball offensive team, just trying to put enough runs on the board to keep their head in games. But for the past two seasons Bautista’s bat has not only won games for this ballclub, but it’s changed the dynamic of the lineup, offering batters around him a better chance to be successful.

    Source: http://www.spotrac.com/mlb/toronto-blue-jays/jose-bautista/

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