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Vlad Jr. seeks encore as Jays oppose Giants

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at San Francisco Giants

  1. San Francisco's only series win on the road this season was a two-game sweep at Toronto from April 23-24. The Giants have since gone 6-9 overall, including a 3-6 record at home while batting .226.
  2. The only season of the past two decades in which Toronto has had a worse record through 40 games was 15-25 in 2002 - manager Buck Martinez was fired two weeks later.
  3. The Giants have been outscored 42-5 in the first inning this season, a -37 run differential which is easily the worst in the majors (Miami is next at -23). San Francisco has given up 22 first-inning runs in its last nine games.
  4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has yet to score a run through 13 major league games; his longest stretch without scoring a run in the minors was eight games in 2016. He's failed to drive in a run in six straight games; the only longer RBI drought Guerrero had in the minors was a nine-game stretch in 2016.
  5. Pablo Sandoval homered in both games at Toronto last month and is a career .315 hitter versus the Blue Jays, his highest average against any AL opponent. Sandoval is 12-for-35 (.343) with four homers against right-handers since April 20, and Toronto is scheduled to start righty Trent Thornton on Tuesday.
  6. Toronto ranks at the bottom of MLB in many offensive categories this month, including a .186 batting average and 1.91 runs per game. The worst marks in franchise history for May both came in 1981 -- a .217 batting average and 3.25 runs per game.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/14/2019 thru 5/15/2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally displayed the abilities that earned him the label as the top prospect in baseball.

The 20-year-old was a showstopper in his 14th major league game, hitting the first two homers of his career Tuesday. He looks to inflict more damage Wednesday when the Toronto Blue Jays visit the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a two-game set.

The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero was 3-for-4 with four RBIs in Toronto's 7-3 win over the Giants in the series opener. The homers, both to center field, traveled 438 and 451 feet as Toronto won for just the third time in the past 13 games.

"That was fun to watch," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said postgame. "We knew that was coming. Glad it's here.

"He's that good. He could carry a team if he gets hot. I don't want to put a lot of pressure on him, but he's the No. 1 prospect."

Guerrero was just 9-for-47 (.191) with one RBI entering play Tuesday.

His first blast made him the youngest player in franchise history to homer at 20 years, 59 days. The previous mark was held by Danny Ainge (20 years, 77 days in 1979), a two-sport player who is now the general manager for the NBA's Boston Celtics.

Guerrero told reporters through a team translator that he listened to advice from his father.

"Like he always told me, 'Don't look for home runs. They're going to come,'" Guerrero said. "I'm going to give both balls and the bat to my dad. I'm going to keep using everything that I used today except the bat that I really want to give to my dad."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was mighty impressed with what he witnessed.

"This kid is going to be a great player, he really is," Bochy said. "You saw the bat speed, you saw how fast the ball comes off his bat. I've seen his dad hit balls like that."

Guerrero will be facing highly regarded right-hander Shaun Anderson in the series finale. Anderson, rated as the Giants' fourth-best prospect by MLB Pipeline, will be called up on Wednesday to make his major league debut. The 24-year-old is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Sacramento.

"He's a guy that's throwing as well as anybody," Bochy said in reference to the organization's Triple-A arms. "So that's why he's here."

Anderson was one of two minor-leaguers acquired from Boston in July 2017 when the Giants sent Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox.

Toronto will activate journeyman Edwin Jackson prior to Wednesday's game to make his club debut. The 35-year-old veteran was acquired from the Oakland Athletics on Saturday for cash.

Once the game begins, Jackson will set a major league record by playing for his 14th different team. He currently shares the record with former reliever Octavio Dotel (1999-2013).

"It's a fun trivia fact," Jackson told Toronto reporters on Tuesday. "For me, I'm just blessed and happy to be back where I feel I can pitch. I feel like I'm a major league player and I've proven I can play in the big leagues. I'm very grateful."

Jackson is 104-123 with a 4.60 ERA in 394 appearances (305 starts) since first reaching the majors in 2003. This will mark his first major league appearance in 2019. He was 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in three appearances for two Athletics farm teams this year.

"To tell you the truth, I haven't seen him pitch for a while," Montoyo said of Jackson. "But I know he's a gamer and I know he competes because I've seen him many times."

Jackson is 5-6 with a 4.54 ERA in 14 career appearances (13 starts) against the Giants.

San Francisco, which got a two-run homer from Pablo Sandoval on Tuesday, has lost four of its past five games.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 15, 2019

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