Thursday, May 28, 2009

Aaron Hill's heroics not lost upon us

Though he didn't ultimately end up being the hero to halt the Jays 8 game losing skid, props must be given to Aaron Hill for coming through in a clutch situation in extra innings Wednesday in Baltimore. The Jays 2nd basemen has had a season's worth worth of big hits that the likes of Vernon Wells and Alex Rios will have already this year.

After the brutal Jays bullpen squandered a 5 run lead, forcing the game into extra innings, Hill lifted a Danys Baez offering over the left field wall for, at the time, a huge 2 run blast to give the Blue Birds the lead in the 11th inning. Unfortunately, his efforts went unrewarded, because the Jays gas can 'pen lost in the bottom of the inning. The timely hitting by Hill should not be lost upon us.

Hill is currently in 3rd place in All-Star balloting amongst American League 2nd basemen (behind Ian Kinsler of Texas and Dustin Pedroia of Boston.) He is currently riding an 11 game hitting streak, and has put up gaudy numbers so far this season; .344 average, 12 home runs, 37 RBI and 32 runs scored. If he keeps up his tear, along with his propensity to get the big hit, he should be making his first All-Star appearance July in St. Louis.

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