By Jason Shetler
Since leaving the Pirates almost two weeks ago to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Gregory Polanco has been on a hitting spree, and that trend continued on Thursday night.
The Dominican Republic took on Venezuela in a second round matchup at Petco Park in San Diego. With the game scoreless in the fifth inning, Polanco untied it with a solo homer off Padres pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. Polanco’s home run left the bat at 105 mph and cleared the wall in 4.4 seconds, which is very impressive, given that it was hit at one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in all of baseball. The Dominican got their other two runs on a Robinson Cano RBI single and a Nelson Cruz solo blast.