Athletics

Athletics

Well, it happened.

Blue Jays phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his major league debut Friday night against the A's in Toronto, and got his first hit in a key spot.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning in a tie game, Vlad Jr. slapped a double down the right-field line.

He was lifted for a pinch runner, ex-Giant Alen Hanson, who ended up scoring the winning run on Brandon Drury's walk-off homer that gave Toronto a 4-2 victory.

Vlad Jr. finished 1-for-4 after starting his debut 0-for-3, but each at bat was a sight to be seen.

In his first at-bat, in the bottom of the second, Vlad Jr. grounded out to Kendrys Morales.

That was 106.8 mph off the bat, according to MLB Pipeline.

Morales making Vladito's first out actually was special for the 20-year-old, who was just promoted from the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. The A's first baseman and Vlad Sr. are former Angels teammates, and prior to the game, Morales had a few nice things to say about the event making him feel like a proud papa of his own.

 

Slusser also said Morales had "goosebumps" when he received the text from Vlad he would be promoted.

During his second at-bat, Vlad Jr. came close to having a ball exit Rogers Centre, but A's left fielder Chad Pinder had something to say about that -- just by a few feet:

In the bottom of the sixth, on a 1-0 pitch, Vladito flied out to right to end the inning. Naturally, the crowd reacted in the hopes the ball would go just a few more feet.

All three of these close calls were just Vlad Jr. setting it up for a dramatic last at-bat in the ninth, where he came through in the clutch.