Lourdes Gurriel Jr. — one of Toronto's many sons of former players — has been a rare bright spot on an otherwise mediocre Blue Jay's squad. An example of just how great the 25-year-old can be on Friday in a win of 2-2 against the Royals, when Toronto's feed could not keep up with the highlights he was producing in that game.
In the bottom of the eighth, the broadcast was dissecting the statcast numbers on a gingerbread smashed in the sixth in, as they likely expected Kansas City pitcher Wily Peralta to throw at least one pitch without anything of note happening. But if they got to the sponsor of the replay, Toronto's Buck Martinez had interrupted with a home run call because Gurriel had smashed yet another dinger on the first pitch of the inning.
'broadcast. Had Peralta read the scouting report on Gurriel, it would have found that Toronto is the largest batting .763 on breaking pitches this season — second best in MLB among hitters with at least 115 PAs, by Inside Edge — and wouldn't have Thrown a slider as his first pitch.
But don't get things confused, Gurriel's impressive batting goes beyond that one statistic. In the 32 games have been called since getting called up from Triple-A, it's hit 14 homers, eight doubles, 26 RBIs and has a slash line of .309 / .354 / .648. From this game alone joined Jesse Barfield, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson as the fourth player in Blue Jay's history to have back-to-back multi-homer games, by MLB.com
At the rate he's going, Gurriel won You have to worry about how to get interrupted anymore if you want to get rid of it.