The Bomb Squad Arrives in Texas

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Heading into the sixth inning of last night’s contest, the Blue Jays were riding a 14 inning scoreless streak. The bats were stifled by James Shields on Sunday, but they came alive against Colby Lewis.

While home runs from Jose Bautista and Juan Rivera are to be expected, just take a look at the pitch location of Corey Patterson’s home run below (courtesy of Brooks Baseball Pitch FX).

Somehow, Corey Patterson managed to turn on that pitch nearly at head level and blast it over the right field fence at Arlington Ballpark for a home run.


That kind of power is usually reserved for Jose Bautista, but this was credited to Corey Patterson who usually isn’t known for his power stroke. I guess if you’re sitting on the right pitch, anything is possible.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

7 thoughts on “The Bomb Squad Arrives in Texas

  • April 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Ian, you forgot "Deep in the heart of Texas." You know, anywhere in the post.

  • April 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    The wind was really carrying last night…I was so sure that the patterson ball was going to be caught but it kept on going

  • April 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Nav, it's a long 4-game series so I'm saving that one (along with "everything's bigger in texas") for the latter part of the week.

    bryfry, it really did seem like the wind picked up late in the game. I remember when Frasor came in, it looked especially windy because his jersey was blowing in the wind.

  • April 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    bjh, i love your blog titles. first viva las rosters moves, and now this. loves it!!!

  • April 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks Julie!

    BlueJaynator, I think I just heard a high hat after I read that one. Remember, 3 more games to play so lots of time to use the rest of the Texas cliches.

    adacosta, Baseball Reference has him listed at 5'10", but by looking at that Pitch FX, he appears to be 7 feet. Regardless, that is crazy how he could reach a pitch that high in the zone and hit it for a home run.

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