July 29 (UPI) — Toronto Blue Jays phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first home run of 2020 in a 5-1 win in opposition to the World Sequence champion Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Guerrero’s solo shot got here within the second inning of the victory Tuesday at Nationals Park. The Blue Jays designated hitter went 1 for three with an RBI, a run scored, a stroll and a strikeout within the win.
The Blue Jays and Nationals went hitless within the first inning earlier than Guerrero settled in in opposition to Nationals starter Austin Voth to start out the second body.
Guerrero labored a fair 1-1 depend in opposition to the Nationals’ right-handed pitcher earlier than Voth tossed in an 86.2-mph slider. Guerrero pounced on the pitch and belted the ball towards left subject. The 385-foot home run simply managed to clear the outfield fence earlier than it landed within the Blue Jays bullpen.
Guerrero’s lengthy ball left the sphere in 5.5 seconds and had an exit velocity of 99 mph, in line with Statcast.
Adam Eaton singled within the Nationals’ lone run within the backside of the third inning. Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a solo home run within the high of the fourth body for a 2-1 edge. Teoscar Hernandez and Rowdy Tellez Jr. every added RBI singles to cushion the Blue Jays’ lead down the stretch.
Tanner Roark allowed three hits and one run in 5 innings to select up his first win of 2020. Voth took the loss after he allowed 4 hits and three runs in 5 innings.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was the one participant to gather a number of hits within the affair. Turner went 2 for three with a run scored and a stroll.
Guerrero — the previous No. 1 prospect in baseball — is hitting .238 with one home run and one RBI in 21 at-bats this season. He has 5 hits in 5 video games in 2020. He hit .272 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs in 123 video games final season.
The Nationals host the Blue Jays within the third recreation of the four-game collection at 6:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Nationals Park.