Blue Jays’ Yangervis Solarte has doubleheader for the ages
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Yangervis Solarte had a doubleheader for the ages yesterday raising his batting average by nearly 50 points in the two contests.
Yangervis Solarte entered yesterday’s double dip with the Cleveland Indians hitting .238/.331/.476 with seven runs and 15 runs batted in. Fast forward a couple hours after a split with the Indians and Solarte is now batting .287/.371/.574 with nine round-trippers and 22 runs batted in.
Solarte compiled eight hits, four runs scored, 2 homers including a grand slam, seven runs batted in and a walk for good measure. His eight hits left him one short of tying an MLB record but still not a bad days work.
The 30-year old also sported a bandage and some abrasions on his face after he faceplanted sliding into third base during the first game. Apparently, Solarte dealt with bleeding inside his mouth for most of the first game after the failed slide.
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Solarte has proved is worth time and time again this season while providing defensive flexibility all over the field. Thus far this season Solarte has played every infield position minus pitcher and catcher while also filling in admirably for Josh Donaldson at third base while he was sidelined with shoulder inflammation.
The dancing Venezuelan is already halfway to a new career high in home runs poised to eclipse his total of 18 from last season with San Diego. Solarte currently leads the Jays team with nine round-trippers, 22 runs batted in and a .945 OPS in his first season north of the border.
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The transaction in which saw the Jays acquire Solarte for minor leaguers Edward Olivares and Jared Carkuff has paid dividends out of the gate as the Jays hold an 18-14 record. Hopefully, Solarte will have many more days like yesterday moving forward as the Jays try to grab a stranglehold on the AL East division.