Happy 50th

I suppose, by his recent standards anyways, you could have called it an off night. Aaron Hill only went 1-for-4 Thursday night against Jered Weaver, who held the Blue Jays to just three hits overall en route to his first career complete game victory.

Hill’s hit, a fourth inning home run (his 8th of the year), accounted for all of Toronto’s scoring on the night, as the Jays fell 6-1 to drop to 20-11 on the season, still one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox for the AL East division lead.

For Hill, the homer was his 50th hit of the season, a category in which he still leads the majors. In terms of games (31), that also marks the quickest run to 50 hits in Blue Jays franchise history.

As a comparison, it took John Olerud 34 games in 1993 to reach 50 hits. He did so by going 2-for-4 with a double in a 4-3 Blue Jays loss to the New York Yankees on May 15, 1993. That raised Olerud’s average to .402 on the season. The first baseman went on to win the AL batting title with a .363 mark.

Although it’s still very early, Hill is currently on pace to shatter the team record in hits (215), which was set by Vernon Wells in 2003. That season, it took Wells 42 games to reach his first 50 hits.

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