Grichuk bangs out first MLB homer against Jays

Grichuk bangs out first MLB homer against Jays

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TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 7: Randal Grichuk #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by manager Mike Matheny #22 after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 7, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 7 at 3:35 PM

(BaseballStL) – Following in his teammate Kolten Wong’s shadow, outfielder Randal Grichuk smashed his first MLB homer in the fifth inning to give the Cardinals the lead and their first runs in 13 innings.

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Grichuk wasted no time taking the first pitch he saw, a 79 mph change-up, from Mark Buehrle and sent it over the center field wall.

“He hammered that ball,” Mike Matheny said after the game, “That’s the kind of power that excited you about him as not many guys have that kind of juice in the center of the field. The ball just absolutely jumps off his bat no matter what he does.”

It’s been rough for the outfielder to find hits, with just three hits in the last 10 games he’s played in. But after the game, the left fielder was certainly happy to join the home run club.

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“I’m just glad I got it, got it out of the way,” he said.

While in Triple-A, Grichuk blasted out 32 homers, but it took him 16 games in the majors to hit the ball over the wall. 

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