By Robiel Vega/ @robielcuba87
What seemed like a poor offensive season during the first two months of the year has taken a spectacular turn since June and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has become one of the Blue Jays’ most consistent hitters, even being among the finalists in the voting for the All Star Game.
After a historic June for him, in which he had 33 hits (2nd personal best for any month in his career), 10 of them extra-base hits (8-0-2), he drove in 15 runs and had an offensive line of .355/. 394/.505 /.899 (AVE/OBP/SLG/OPS), has started July at an even higher level and the climax came in the clash this Tuesday, July 12, at the Roger Center against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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The man from Sancti Spiritus achieved what he had not achieved since September 27, 2020, a game of four hits. It took 653 hits for the youngest of the Gurriel brothers to accomplish this feat, which was completed with a couple of extra-base hits (both doubles) and one RBI; this being the third game of his career with 4+ hits, 2+ extra-base hits and 1+ RBI; the last time he did it was precisely that September 27 against the Baltimore Orioles.
With this performance (4-4, CI, CA, 2 2B), he managed to surpass the mark of 300 average (.305), product of 87 hits in 285 times at bat, and was a key player in his team’s victory against the Phillies by driving in the decisive one with a double by rule in the bottom of the sixth inning that brought Teoscar Hernández to the plate and put the final score of 4×3.
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Yunito completes his offensive line with an OBP of .357, slugging of .439 and OPS of .796, in addition, he reached 23 doubles, 36 RBIs and 35 runs scored in 78 games played this season.
Likewise, he reached 17 hits so far this month, achieving a frequency that could lead him to break his personal record in this offensive line for a month that is 35 in June 2019 and September 2020.
Importantly, this was Gurriel Jr.’s 25th multi-hit game of the season and while we’re still not at the All-Star stop, he’s already one shy of matching his second-best mark for a season and 13 shy of achieving a personal best. .
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