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The Bomb Squad Arrives in Texas

Image courtesy of Daylife via AP

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.

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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 ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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7 Comments

  1. Nav

    April 26, 2011 - 1:26 pm

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

  2. bryfryy

    April 26, 2011 - 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

  3. Ian - BJH

    April 26, 2011 - 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.

  4. ~julie~

    April 26, 2011 - 9:39 pm

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

  5. Ian - BJH

    April 26, 2011 - 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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