Yankees praise ‘otherworldly’ Vlad Jr. after 3-HR outburst with bloody finger

Posted: 14/04/2022 in MLB
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Vlad Guerrero Jr. had himself a night Wednesday.

The Toronto Blue Jays first baseman hit three home runs during a 4-for-4 performance in a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees, which drew high praise from the opposing manager.

“Otherworldly hitting … one of the best hitters in the world,” Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said of Guerrero postgame, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was also left in awe of Guerrero’s exploits.

“Wow, that was impressive tonight,” Judge said. “I wish it was against someone else and I could have watched it on TV.”

Making his performance more impressive, Guerrero overcame a finger injury that occurred when Aaron Hicks stepped on his hand in the second inning. It was a spectacular showing that included two homers and a double off Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.

Guerrero’s two-bagger and two of his three round-trippers came after the injury to his finger, which was so blood-soaked that the game was halted so he could have it bandaged on Toronto’s bench.

For good measure, Guerrero also ended the game with a timely grab of a Josh Donaldson liner as the Yankees were threatening in the ninth.

The Blue Jays phenom became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to go 4-for-4 (or better) with three-plus homers among four extra-base hits in a game, according to Stats by STATS.

Guerrero’s 14 total bases are the second most in a contest in Blue Jays history, behind Carlos Delgado’s 16 in 2003, per StatsCentre.

Third baseman Matt Chapman had his own glowing review of what he saw from his teammate Wednesday.

“Vlad’s the star of the show today,” Chapman told Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae in a postgame interview. “There’s probably only a handful of guys ever that can do what he did.”

Chapman added: “There’s some special players in this league and he’s one of them. To watch what he does and the work he puts in, it’s not just talent, it’s hard work. But man, to be able to do that against a pitcher of Cole’s caliber is pretty special.”

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