By Robiel Vega/ @robielcuba87
It was a historic match, not only at the collective level, but also for the only Cuban who saw action in the match, the Sancti Spiritus Lourdes Gurriel Jr. who wrote an epic page in his sports history, connecting for the first time with five or more hits and push five or more races in a single challenge.
Yunito’s first productive connection came in the top of the third inning, when he hit a line single to center field and drove in Alejandro Kirk and Bo Bichette, to then score driven by Raimel Tapia’s homer, that would be the second time he would step the rubber in the match. At that moment the shock became 10×0.
At the top of the fifth he repeated the dose with a cannon shot to the center, on that occasion he boosted Bichette again and was also able to step on the rubber pushed by another Danny Jansen single.
In that inning itself, in which the Blue Jays made 11 runs, Yunito hit again and produced again, on that occasion with a double, his 24th of the season, and drove in Bichette for the third time in the clash and also stepped on the rubber to Teoscar Hernández.
This was the tenth time that a Cuban had five or more hits and drove in five or more runs in the same match and for the first time it happened twice in the same year, as Yoan Moncada had achieved it on June 15 against the Tigers. from Detroit.
As if all this seemed little, in the ninth inning he completed the epic, by connecting his sixth hit in seven shifts and thus becoming the first Cuban and the first player in his franchise who managed to shoot six or more hits and drive in five or more. races in the same game; In addition, he became the first in all the Major Leagues to achieve it since Anthony Rendón achieved it on April 30, 2007 and is only the eighth in the entire 21st century.
It is important to note that, as I said at the beginning of this text, it was the sixth time in history that a team scored 28 or more runs against another, the last time being on September 9, 2020, when Atlanta beat Miami with a score of 29×9. Toronto came within two runs of equaling the absolute record held by Texas, when on August 22, 2007, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, they defeated them with a score of 30×3.
After this historic performance, Yunito ranked fifth among all batters in the American League with an average of .318 (311-99), his OBP rose to .367 and his slugging percentage was .444, even with an OPS of .811. He also reached 41 RBIs and 40 runs scored in all of 2022.
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EPIC BEAT: Toronto scored 28 against Boston in HISTORIC game for Gurriel Jr.