Corey Patterson followed up his 5-for-7 day Saturday by going 4-for-5 with another homer as part of the Blue Jays’ 13-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday.
He’s the first player to collect nine hits in two games since Minnesota’s Denard Span did it Aug. 7-8, 2009. He’s the first player to do it with two of them being homers since Atlanta’s Marcus Giles on July 28-29, 2003.
Patterson, who probably wouldn’t have made the Jays out of spring training if not for an injury to Scott Podsednik, has raised his average from .268 to .301 the last two days. His homer Saturday was a walkoff blast in the 14th. Today, he had a two-run shot off John Danks in the fourth.
It was one of three homers the Blue Jays hit off Danks. Aaron Hill and Edwin Encarnacion went back-to-back off him in the first inning. It was the first homer of the season for each.
The Blue Jays ended up taking the final three games in the four-game series to move back over .500 at 27-26. The White Sox are 24-31 on the season.
The Blue Jays announced on Friday that the club acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Dominic Leone and minor league pitcher Conner Greene.
Grichuk, 26, became expendable when the Cardinals acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins. With veteran Dexter Fowler in right field and Tommy Pham — who finished 11th in NL MVP Award balloting last season — in center, Grichuk was effectively pushed to the bench. He will get a shot at regular playing time in an outfield corner with the Jays. Grichuk has had solid numbers since debuting in 2014, but he hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of his 2015 campaign. Last year, he hit .238/.285/.473 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 442 plate appearances.
Grichuk will earn $2.8 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration for two more years before becoming a free agent.
Leone, 26, posted an impressive 2.56 ERA with an 81/23 K/BB ratio across 70 1/3 innings last season. The right-hander will earn $1.085 million this season and then will become arbitration-eligible for the next three years. Leone certainly helps bolster the Cardinals’ bullpen and may work his way up to high-leverage innings behind closer Luke Gregerson.
Greene, 22, was selected by the Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. This past season, with Double-A New Hampshire, Greene compiled a 5.29 ERA with a 92/83 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings. He throws hard, but control has been a big issue for the right-hander throughout his minor league career. The Cardinals may think they can help turn him around.