Its not often you see Felix Hernandez, otherwise known as King Felix give up 8 earned runs in 4 and 2/3 innings, actually its almost unbelievable, but Tuesday night saw just that happen. But the Blue Jays 10-2 shellacking of the Seattle Mariners wasn’t the main headline, it was Dalton Pompey’s mammoth 2nd deck home run, the first of his career.
Earlier in the day Pompey was a guest on Rogers Sportsnet’s radio show Tim and Sid where he was asked how he felt about the possibility of facing King Felix to which Pompey replied that he would be excited to get a look at the kind of stuff he has in person.
Well he ended up getting the start for the Blue Jays and took one of the best pitchers in the game deep off of a high change-up to tie the game up at 2 before the rest of the Blue Jays’ bats took over. Pompey was greeted by his team mates with the classic “silent treatment” before they proceeded to mob the Mississauga, Ontario native.
Dalton Pompey has risen through the Blue Jays’ farm system extremely quick after having a breakout campaign, with a slash line of .317/.392/.469 with 9 homers 51 RBI’s, and 43 stolen bases over the course of the 3 stages of his minor league season.
There were rumours that the Blue Jays would call him up come September and they were true as Pompey, along with other top prospects who had breakout campaigns such as Daniel Norris and Kendall Graveman were part of the yearly September call-ups.