Josh Donaldson got Sunday Funday started early in Toronto with this first-inning solo blast …
That was the 36th home run and 105th RBI of the season for Donaldson, who continues to pad his resume for American League MVP. Edwin Encarnacion went deep moments later for his 30th home run of the year.
EE also homered three times on Saturday afternoon and tallied a franchise-high nine RBI.
Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion crushed three home runs and knocked in a career-high nine runs this afternoon as part of a 15-1 thrashing of the Tigers at Rogers Centre.
It was his second career three-homer game. Encarnacion connected for a three-run homer off Buck Farmer in the first inning before adding a two-run shot off Guido Knudson in the sixth and a grand slam off Alex Wilson in the seventh.
Appropriately enough, some fans in Toronto threw their hats on the field to acknowledge the hat-trick for Encarnacion. Everybody seemed to get a kick out of it. Except for the Tigers, I mean. Check it out below.
Lost in today’s power exploits, Encarnacion also extended his MLB-best hitting streak to a career-high 24 games. The 32-year-old is batting .269/.358/.538 with 29 home runs and 90 RBI over 117 games on the year.
Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose had a moment to forget in today’s game against the Blue Jays. I mean that literally, because he forgot how many outs there were after catching a fly ball in the fourth inning.
With Ryan Goins at second base, Josh Donaldson hit a fly ball to deep center field. The speedy Gose had some trouble picking it up initially, but he eventually caught up with it at the warning track for the out. He thought it was the end of the inning, so Goins was able to scamper all the way home. You can watch the play here.
Gose’s brain camp was embarrassing, but it doesn’t really matter much, as the Tigers are losing big to the Blue Jays. Brad Ausmus’ club appears poised to fall further back in last place in the AL Central.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been something of a lightning rod in recent years, getting most of the blame for the team’s fall from grace after the 2011 season. There were a number of poor decisions made under his leadership, including the Ryan Howard extension, the Cliff Lee trade to Seattle, separate trades to acquire Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence which depleted the minor league system, as well as some regrettable public comments with which he insulted Ryan Howard, showed he didn’t understand how OPS worked, and denigrated the value of walks.
The Phillies hit rock bottom earlier this year, when manager Ryne Sandberg quit suddenly due to an inability to effectively communicate with his players. Amaro named Pete Mackanin the interim manager, and the team has played much better and players have effusively praised Mackanin. Amaro also oversaw the overhauling of the Phillies’ minor league system, trading Jimmy Rollins during the off-season and executing trades of Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere, Cole Hamels, and Chase Utley. The Phillies now arguably have one of the five-best minor league systems in baseball.
And that may be reason enough for the Phillies to bring Amaro back for the 2016 season, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Amaro’s contract expires after the season, but incoming team president Andy MacPhail — taking over for outgoing president Pat Gillick — may keep Amaro in the GM seat rather than find a new candidate from outside the organization.
Heyman does cite as potential external GM options J.J. Piccolo of the Royals, Matt Klentak of the Angels, and John Barr of the Giants.