Not many ballplayers get as smoking hot, once they get going, as slugger Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays. And not many combine height and length on their home runs like he does. Often, the ones Encarnacion hit are majestic. At Fenway Park on Tuesday night, Encarnacion showed the Red Sox how to slug a Monster home run in their own ballpark.
One of the two-run homers Encarnacion hit against the Red Sox left the yard entirely, deflecting off a billboard atop a building across Lansdowne Street. Look at this thing:
It's not a UFO, only because we know Encarnacion hit it.
It hit the "Here's to Baseball" sign just below the arrow pointing to the Cask 'N Flagon. As if Encarnacion aimed it there.
The blast of prodigious-ness gave the Jays a lead against left-hander Felix Doubront in the third inning. Encarnacion added another two-run shot later — this one hit a billboard inside of Fenway — helping Toronto win 7-4. Encarnacion has hit nine of his 11 home runs in May. And, as the Associated Press reports, the month still has 10 days to go.
''He is pretty good,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''But even last year I think he got off to a slow start somewhat. It's not going to hold him down. It's usually just a matter of time.''
The Red Sox hope it's just a matter of time for them, too. They've lost five in a row to drop their record to 20-24 overall.
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