It took 46 at-bats over 13 games before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally struck for his first home run in the major leagues. And the Toronto Blue Jays third baseman liked the feeling so much he did it twice Tuesday night in leading the Jays to a 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants in Oracle Park.
After entering the game batting just .191, Guerrero struck with a 438-foot drive to dead center field in the first inning of Giants starter Nick Vincent. Guerrero added a three-run shot to left center in the sixth off Reyes Moronta that blew the game open. That one was measured at 451 feet.
Guerrero was baseball's No. 1 prospect when the Blue Jays called him up from the Bisons to make his major-league debut April 26 against Oakland.
At 20 years and 59 days old, Guerrero became the youngest player to homer in Blue Jays history. Current Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge had held the record for nearly 40 years, going deep at 20 years, 77 days on June 2, 1979.
Guerrero also became the third-youngest player in Major League history to hit his first two career home runs in the same game. Only Brian McCall of the 1962 Chicago White Sox (19 years, 248 days) and Baltimore's Manny Machado in 2012 (20 years, 35 days) achieved this more quickly. As it turned out, those were the only two home runs in a seven-game career for McCall.
Guerrero's 3-for-4 night boosted his average to .235, spanning 51 at-bats over 14 games. But he has heated up of late, going 6 for 10 in his last three games to raise his average 89 points from the season-low .146 he sported after play last Friday.
The Blue Jays and Giants are scheduled to play the finale of their two-game series Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 Eastern, although heavy rain is in the forecast.
Here are the videos of the home runs, with the great calls from Blue Jays radio man Ben Wagner -- who held the same job with the Bisons from 2007-2017.
Another tremendous call from Ben Wagner on Vladdy's second dinger: pic.twitter.com/mOCXYjCVET
— Josh (@GoldAndOrSmith) May 15, 2019