Toronto Pitcher's Home Run Recalls Game Between Two Canadian Teams In 2003

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Even though the game was played in a National League ball park, the Blue Jays still managed to have a DH. In this case, however, the two letters stood not for designated hitter, but "Due Homer." You could very easily argue that it was actually overdue, given the significance of that blast.
Toronto starter Marcus Stroman hit the home run, only the second one ever hit by a Blue Jays pitcher since the team's birth in 1977. He hit it off of Braves hurler Julio Teheran in the third inning of a 9-0 Toronto victory at Atlanta's new stadium, SunTrust Park.
In addition to helping the Blue Jays to a much needed victory, Stroman's home run also had historic significance. While it was just the second ever by a Toronto pitcher, it was actually the first ever hit on American soil.
The only other home run by a Toronto pitcher before Stroman's last week against the Braves came on June 21, 2003. Left hander Mark Hendrickson was the Blue Jays hurler who cleared the fences those fourteen years ago, a blast that would mark the only home run in his eight year career.
Toronto's opponents for that game were the Expos, and the game was played in Montreal. The Blue Jays hit starter Sun Woo Kim pretty hard, amassing five runs including home runs by Hendrickson and All-Star outfielder Vernon Wells.
Besides Hendrickson's prowess at the plate, he performed even better on the mound. The Expos managed just one run off of him in six innings, after which manager Carlos Tosca replaced him with reliever Trever Miller.
Montreal's bats remained dormant against Miller and Jeff Tam, but they erupted in the bottom of the eighth against Toronto's next two relievers. Aquiline Lopez gave up four runs in one third of an inning, issuing two walks and hitting a batter.
Right hander Cliff Pollitte replaced Lopez, but fared no better. The Expos finished the inning with seven runs, highlighted by shortstop Orlando Hudson's three run homer.
The two teams would meet the following year for just one more series in Montreal, whose franchise moved to Washington D.C. after the 2004 season. Unless the American League joins the Senior Circuit in rescinding the designated hitter position, or if Major League Baseball at some point awards Montreal another N.L. franchise, Hendrickson will forever be the last pitcher to hit a home run on Canadian soil.
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