Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion hits 3 HRs against Tigers
Designated hitter sparks hat trick celebration
Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam in the seventh inning for his third home run of the game in Saturday's contest against Detroit, finishing off a 15-1 destruction of the Tigers.
Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a three-run blast off Buck Farmer in the first, drilled a two-run shot off Guido Knudson in the sixth, then connected off Alex Wilson in the seventh.
Don’t mess with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Edwing?src=hash">#Edwing</a>. <a href="http://t.co/KLmpUYvQUK">http://t.co/KLmpUYvQUK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/budcanada">@budcanada</a> <a href="http://t.co/2E2fr4ODSb">pic.twitter.com/2E2fr4ODSb</a>—@BlueJays
The veteran designated hitter sparked a traditional hockey hat trick celebration where fans threw hats on the field.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/Encadwin">@Encadwin</a> all smiles after his <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HatTrick?src=hash">#HatTrick</a> today! 💪 <a href="http://t.co/1zMRCpjbu7">pic.twitter.com/1zMRCpjbu7</a>—@BlueJays
Encarnacion has tied a Blue Jays record with nine RBIs.
The trio of homers brings Encarnacion's season total to 29.
His streak is the longest in the majors since Colorado's Nolan Arenado had a 28-game run in 2014 and the fifth longest in Blue Jays' history.
Edwin Encarnación is 5 games from breaking the <a href="https://twitter.com/BlueJays">@BlueJays</a> hit-streak record. He could set the mark as soon as Friday. <a href="http://t.co/hhLOWPxMi4">pic.twitter.com/hhLOWPxMi4</a>—@ESPNStatsInfo
The game was paused briefly after the grand slam as dozens of fans tossed caps onto the outfield to honor Encarnacion's homer hat trick.
Encarnacion's hitting streak is the longest in the majors this season and the longest since Colorado's Nolan Arenado had a 28-game run in 2014.
With files from CBC Sports