Tonight was the first game of the season between the Yankees and the Blue Jays, and fortunately, the Jays dominated from start to finish. There were several different storylines, but let’s start with the guy who hasn’t earned a Player of the Game honour yet.
Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game: Brandon Belt
To say Belt had a tough start to the season would be an understatement, as the strikeout numbers were at disgusting heights. Ever since Toronto’s home opener, though, Belt has shown signs of looking up, as he has seven hits in his last 20 at-bats. That includes a 2-for-4 showing tonight, including his first home run as a Blue Jay.
Belt hammered a 91 mph fastball from Domingo German with two outs in the 6th inning, a two-run shot that extended Toronto’s lead from one run to three. Later in the game, Belt hit a ball deep to right field that deflected off the glove of Aaron Judge and landed for a two-run double that put the game out of reach. Belt should deservedly be in the lineup tomorrow as the Jays will face another righty, so hopefully he can keep the hits coming.
Brandon Belt, at last.
His 1st home run with the #BlueJays: pic.twitter.com/tnNb48hJ4g
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 22, 2023
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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation