Pitching in the American League, Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman doesn’t get many chances to show off his hitting abilities. He told reporters prior to his interrelate start against the Braves, “I’m not going to go up there an be an out. I’m going to be dangerous.”
Well Stroman was dangerous indeed, as he took advantage of that chance Thursday night in Atlanta. After striking out in his first at-bat, Stroman returned to the box looking for vengeance in the fourth.
, Stroman ran the bases then leaped to the on-deck circle fist bumping his teammates and celebrated in the dugout.
For Stroman, it was the second hit of his career, both of which are extra base hits, in seven plate appearances. Stroman’s first career hit came a few weeks ago when he lined a pinch hit double against the St. Louis Cardinals. Stroman is now the first Blue Jays pitcher with a pair of extra-base hits in one season.
According to Statcast, the ball left Stroman’s bat at a speed of 99 MPH, and traveled 370 feet. This was the second home run hit by a pitcher in Blue Jays history. The first came back in 2003, and was delivered off the bat of Mark Hendrickson.