Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during eighth-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Joey Votto called his shot in Reds win vs Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO –– Between pitches in a tie game in the top of the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto turned around and looked at the Reds’ bench.

“Joey turned around, looked at us and said, ‘Homer,’ ” Reds right fielder Tyler Naquin said after the game. “I said, ‘Ok.’ And then he hit it.”

Votto crushed a 346-foot line drive that hit the banner of the second deck in right field at the Rogers Centre. Playing in what might be his last game in his hometown, Votto led the Reds to a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.

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He has called his shot before, but Votto has never had a stretch like this in his 16-year career. Entering Sunday’s game, he was hitting .134 without a home run all season, and Votto was having the worst statistical season at the plate of any of the Reds’ starters.

On top of that, Votto got sick and missed two weeks.  During the time he missed, Votto couldn’t get hitting out of his head. He stayed at the drawing board trying to fix his swing.

“I was striking out a lot earlier in the season, that’s not really my style,” Votto said. “I know there’s going to be a bit of a give-and-take when I start leaning into power, leaning into stretching the ball, hitting the ball harder. But it was uncharacteristic to have no power and a whole bunch of strikeouts. Now, I feel like I have more control over the ball, I feel like I can make contact at will.”

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