TORONTO – Kendrys Morales became just the seventh player in major-league history to homer in seven consecutive games Sunday.
Morales hit a two-run shot off of Philadelphia Phillies starter Vince Velasquez in the third inning at Rogers Centre to set a new Toronto Blue Jays franchise record and establish a new high-water mark for MLB hitters this year. Morales had previously been tied with Jose Cruz Jr. for the longest streak in franchise history and Matt Carpenter for the longest streak of the 2018 season.
Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long share the major-league record for consecutive games with a home run with eight. Kevin Mench, Jim Thome and Barry Bonds also homered in seven consecutive games.
“That’s pretty impressive,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said afterwards. “It’d be something if he kept this rolling. I don’t think any of us can comprehend how hard it is to do.”
The Blue Jays are sending one of Morales’ game-used bats to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.