Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion: Best Single Game Performance?

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  • If you go all the way back to near the end of the club’s first season, you will find another pretty impressive showing. On Saturday, Encarnacion tied Roy Howell‘s mark of 9 RBI in a game. Howell did it against the New York Yankees on September 10, 1977 to disappoint the hometown fans. We all know how hard it can be for a visiting team to go into Yankee stadium. Well, this day wasn’t one of those games.

    According to Baseball Almanac, the final score was 19-3 for the Blue Jays. Howell took 6 at bats out of the 3rd spot in the lineup. He collected 5 hits and scored 4 runs. His 9 RBI came off a single, 2 doubles, and 2 home runs. His 2 home runs were just his 6th and 7th on the season.

    An interesting note on this game is that the Yankees used 17 different batters. Clearly, they used the opportunity provided by the score to share the playing time. The Blue Jays? Well, they only used the starting 9. That game’s starter was Jim Clancy. He would give a complete game, giving up 8 hits, 3 earned runs, a walk and 3 strike outs.

    Edwin’s 9 RBI against the Tigers might actually be more interesting given that he tallied them all on home runs. In fact, he just needed a solo shot to complete the cycle of home runs. Of course, compiling that many RBI withoutusing the long ball is equally impressive. Where you stand on that depends upon how in love with the home run you are.

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