Blue Jays infielder Yangervis Solarte played a big part in his team’s 13-11, 11-inning victory over the Indians on Thursday afternoon. He racked up five hits and a walk with six RBI in seven trips to the plate. In his final at-bat, he broke a 9-9 tie with a grand slam to left field.
It was a good thing Solarte hit a grand slam because Roberto Osuna yielded two runs to the Indians in the bottom half of the 11th.
Solarte is the first player with a five-hit, six-RBI game this season. It happened six times last year by Avisail Garcia, Eric Hosmer, Nolan Arenado, Andrew Benintendi, Scooter Gennett, and Anthony Rendon.
After Thusday’s performance, Solarte is batting .270/.359/.532 with eight home runs, 21 RBI, and 19 runs scored in 128 plate appearances.
Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has been charged with driving under the influence after a single-car accident in Knoxville, Tennessee.
According to the sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole just before 6PM on March 18. He was not seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital for observation. Helton told deputies that he had taken an Ambien a few hours earlier. There was a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Helton’s lawyer says that Helton has entered a treatment program. This was his second DUI arrest in the past six years. He was arrested in Colorado in 2013 while on the disabled list during his final season playing for the Colorado Rockies. He retired that year.
Helton, a five-time All-Star, played for the Rockies from 1997 through 2013, winning three Gold Gloves and collecting 2,519 hits and 369 homers. In 2000 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, total bases and hits.