Montero Mash x2
Oh how sweet it is to beat the Angels in Anaheim. Especially off of their pride and joy Jarred Weaver.
Jesus Montero went yard not once, but twice, in the 2nd, and 6th innings respectively against Weaver.
For the Mariners slugger, it was homeruns number 11 and 12 on the year.
Even with Hector Noesi exiled to Tacoma, the Mariners are looking like the winners in the Michael Pineda trade after all, especially with Pineda not having pitched even one inning in pin stripes this year.
The first one
On a 1-1 pitch, Weaver tosses one right down the heart of the plate into Montero’s wheelhouse at 87 MPH.
Montero waited on it perfectly, cocked his leg, and put a good swing on it.
The ball didn’t clear the fence by much, but it did clear the leaping Mike Trout’s glove as it came to reside in the makeshift rock garden out in left center field.
The only bad thing about this particular homerun?
It came with the bases empty.
Such is the luck of the SS Mariner.
Jesus Montero after his his first homerun Sunday against the Angels (photo Yahoo! Sports)
The second one
Another 1-1 count for Montero on this one.
And Weaver put it at almost the exact same spot, but this time he took a bit more off of it, as it only registered at 78 MPH.
Same routine; Montero waits it out, ***** his leg, and put some good wood on the ball.
This one was down the left field line, as it only cleared the foul pole by about 20 or so feet.
Landing about 13 rows deep, it appeared to be the better of the two homeruns, and it was. As this one came with a man on base.
Montero single handily put the Angels out of the game by accounting for 3 of the 4 runs scored on the day en route to a 4-1 victory.
Jesus Montero may not be a 40 homerun guy, but his pop will come as he gains more experience in the bigs.
With the catching duties most likely going to Mike Zunino in the next year and a half, if Montero wants to stick around and truly be the next great M’s DH, he is going to have to get those power numbers up a bit more.
He has been likened to a Edgar Martinez type of hitter, and though it has shown at times in spurts this year, he is nowhere close to the great Gar just yet.
It could come in time. And it better if he wants to remain a part of this team once Zunino makes the trip up to the major league club.
Here is a link to the video at mariners.com
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