Encarnacion gets NHL tribute in three-homer display

Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:04am EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - A clear plastic bag filled with hats sat near the locker of Edwin Encarnacion in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse after their 15-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

The hats were thrown on the field by Blue Jays fans -- the traditional hockey tribute when a player scores three goals -- after Encarnacion hit his third home run of the game and third grand slam of the season in the seventh inning.

The three home runs gave him nine RBIs, equaling the club record set in 1977 by third baseman Roy Howell against the New York Yankees. He also extended his hitting streak to 24 games -- the longest active streak in the majors.

Encarnacion admitted he did not know what the hat throwing meant until reserve catcher Dioner Navarro explained it.

"Navarro told me after they threw all the hats to the field, he told me when they score three goals, I think they do that," Encarnacion said.

"It made me feel happy. I'm maybe going to sign them and give them back to their owners for appreciation for throwing them on the field."

When he came to bat against right-hander Alex Wilson, the designated hitter said he was not thinking about belting a third home run.

"I was never thinking about that, I was just thinking about taking a good AB (at-bat) and looking for my pitch," Encarnacion said. "It was a fastball, outside. It's right on the middle, good swing."

Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison (13-2) allowed six hits and one run while striking out seven over seven innings to earn his fifth straight victory.   Continued...

 
Aug 29, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;   Toronto Blue Jays  designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits a three-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the first inningat Rogers Centre. Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports