- On Thursday night at Rogers Centre, a disorganised Kansas City lineup defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 courtesy to home runs from Bobby Witt Jr. and Nate Eaton.
- By diving to collect Ryan O’Hearn’s sinking liner in the eighth inning with runners on the corners, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. preserved the one-run advantage.
A jumbled Kansas City lineup upset the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, thanks to home runs from Bobby Witt Jr. and Nate Eaton.
The COVID-19 vaccination status of 10 players on the roster prevented them from traveling to Canada, so the Royals brought up eight players from their minor-league clubs before the game.
A call-up to Double-A In five innings, Angel Zerpa (2-0) made the most of his chance by giving up just 1 earned run, 4 hits, and two walks.
Before Scott Barlow made his 16th save, relievers Jackson Kowar and Taylor Clarke held Toronto without a run.
Kevin Gausman of Toronto had a strong start in his first game after suffering an ankle injury on July 2. For the Blue Jays, Matt Chapman hit a solo home run (47-43).
John Schneider suffered his first setback since taking over as the Blue Jays’ temporary manager on Wednesday after Charlie Montoyo was fired.
After allowing back-to-back singles in the 2nd inning, Gausman struck out Nick Pratto and Adam Eaton to end their big league debuts. For the third out, the seasoned right-hander grounded Nicky Lopez out.
After Lopez doubled to start the fifth inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, Kansas City (36-53) scored the game’s first run. After lining a ball to right field and getting thrown out at the second base, Edward Olivares scored.
Witt then hit his 13th home run of the campaign. Chapman responded with a solo home run of his own, giving him 14 home runs.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. saved the one-run advantage in the eighth inning by diving to catch Ryan O’Hearn’s sinking liner with runners on the corners.
Toronto’s Bo Bichette attempted to steal a base but was caught after reaching on a two-out walk in the bottom half. Teoscar Hernandez grounded out to end the period even though the ruling was reversed after review.
Anthony Banda allowed Eaton to hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, marking his first big-league hit.
Over six innings, Gausman (6-7) gave up seven hits, two earned runs, and two walks. He struck out six times.
Toronto was outhit 12-7 by Kansas City. 24,426 spectators were officially registered, and the game lasted three hours.
Yusei Kikuchi, a left-hander with the Blue Jays, is slated to throw a bullpen session on Friday. He was last week put on the disabled list owing to a neck problem, but he is already recovering.
According to Schneider, when he returns, Kikuchi will either throw as a starter or a reliever.
On Friday night, right-handers will face off against each other as Toronto’s Alek Manoah (9-4, 2.34 ERA) takes the mound against Zack Greinke (3-5, 4.52).
The Blue Jays have not yet chosen who will begin on Saturday. The starting pitcher for Sunday’s last game of the four-game series will be the right-hander Jose Berrios (7-4, 5.38).
Source: Global News
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