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VIDEO: Edwin Encarnacion hits his 20th home run

Jun 9, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion didn’t hit a home run last week, but he resumed punishing major league pitchers tonight when he connected for a three-run shot against Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco in the bottom of the first inning. Check out the blast below:

Encarnacion is now up to 20 home runs on the season. He’s already more than halfway to his total of 36 from last year. He hit his career-high of 42 in 2012.

Encarnacion is the second player in MLB to reach 20 homers this season. Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz currently leads the majors with 21 home runs.

  1. cur'68 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Edwin doesn’t miss many out over the plate like that.

    • paint771 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Over the plate my ass – that was in on his knuckles. Talk about turning on one.

      • cur'68 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Whatever. He hit it a ton. See his bat turn to powder on his next AB? That was also inside. Didn’t work out so well that time.

      • cur'68 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        And right about now I wish dirtyharry was still around so I could point out Kevin Pillar’s game winning, walk off hit.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        Yup Yup….Shane Victorino would’ve worn that one.

    • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      I’m the same way with a very large T-bone.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        You know Nolasco better than we do.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I understand why the Jays did not want Nolasco in their big trade with Miami prior to last season.

    • cur'68 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Reyes sure likes him. I think he hit everything Nolasco throws today.

  3. renaado - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Ball was freakin GOLFED!

  4. Shayna - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    What a game tonight! The agony, the ecstasy! I loved it when EE sent the ball flying majestically over the fence. Then Casey the infallible falters, and Kevin “Spuds” Pillar misplays a bloop single into a double. I’m thinking, “Oh, no, oh, no, oh, no…” The faux-double comes home to tie the game and it’s the bottom of the 9th. And who is our hero? That self-same KP, who in his turn bloops a hit into shallow right and the pinch-runner Erik Kratz (!) motors home. Walk-offs are the best.

    • cur'68 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Watching Kratz run was pretty good. He’s quick for a big fella. Janssen finally has an ERA and a blown save but he gets a win (vultured, thanks to the combined efforts of Tolleson & Pillar). I love a tense close game. BeaverBall is a lot of fun this season.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Baltimore beat Boston, so the defending World Series champions are 10 games back of the Jays. The Jays play 4 games in Baltimore beginning on Thursday.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      As Forrest Gump once said, “It happens.” They play all the games for a reason. But thus far things certainly seem to be shaking out as the “experts” had predicted they should have last season.

    • drewzducks - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:50 AM

      But they are the defending World Champions. All respect should be duly granted PC.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:42 AM

        Which is why I did not call them pathetic. Any team that has Pedroia and Big Baby is still dangerous.

  6. notsofast10 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Fathers tell your sons if you want to play in the show, follow in Edwin Encarnacion’s path. Play 5 years in your prime as a “good” player for the Reds hitting 72 HR’s over a 5 year stretch, then play a couple years and eventually get released…..THEN…..start juicing and you can become like superman, hitting 30 to 40 and maybe even 50 HR’s a year AFTER your prime. Baseball is very dirty and if you want your kid and compete to play he better be willing to juice!

    • nbjays - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      Herp derp steroids waaaah!

    • cur'68 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:21 AM


      Please don’t feed.

  7. jaysjaysallday - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Watch out Nelson Cruz. Edwin gonna pass ya. Cruz had a flute first quarter season.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      OK, which instrument is he playing now?

  8. historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    It’s so weird watching Canadians in their own environment.

    • cur'68 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      /pelts with acorn

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        Ahoy, Canadian! (Speaks slowly and loudly) would you like a Fosters’? (The best way to ingratiate yourself with strange peoples is to invite them to join you in experiencing their culture. )

        /smiles sweetly

      • cur'68 - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        Why would I want an Australian tourist beer? We make much better stuff here on the tundra. If you’d like to experience some of our culture then have some seal blubber jerky. Its tasty. Beats that deep fried ice cream/pickle/meatloaf/whatever your people go in for.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Is that what your dads ate while fighting the Boer War? We read about that in school. We also fought the British. I think it went better for us…eh?

  9. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    I love when the Orioles play in Toronto and we get to hear G.Thorne call him Arncanacion.

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