Bautista on Stroman's blast: 'I'm sure we'll hear about it for a very long time'

Jonah Birenbaum
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The Toronto Blue Jays have hit some pretty unforgettable home runs in the past few seasons, from Jose Bautista's iconic blast in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off moonshot in last year's wild-card game.

It's possible, however, that neither of those bombs will be bandied about in the Blue Jays' clubhouse as much as Marcus Stroman's legendary solo shot Thursday night in Cobb County.

Speaking with reporters following his club's 9-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park, Bautista suggested the diminutive right-hander won't soon let his teammates forget about his opposite-field home run off Julio Teheran in the fourth inning - the first homer of his big-league career.

"I'm sure we'll hear about it for a very long time," Bautista said, according to Sportsnet's Hazel Mae.

With his improbable blast, a 370-foot shot that came moments after a Luke Maile round-tripper, Stroman became just the second pitcher in Blue Jays history to go yard, joining left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who launched a solo shot off Sun-Woo Kim in an 8-5 loss to the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium on June 21, 2003. He is also the first Blue Jays pitcher ever to record multiple extra-base hits in a season.

"I've never hit an oppo homer in BP in my life," Stroman told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. "It's just something that I ran into and just out there competing."

Stroman, who stroked a pinch-hit double in a wild, extra-inning affair against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 25, went hitless in his other two plate appearances Thursday, but now owns a gaudy .500/.500/1.500 line (445 wRC+) through four plate appearances this year and boasts more home runs than six qualified hitters.