Monday, July 23, 2018

Game #99 Minnesota Twins (45-53) @ Toronto Blue Jays (46-53) - game recap

Logan Morrison was 2-5 with 3 RBI and a run scored as the Twins routed the Blue Jays 8-3

After a successful 3 game sweep of the inept Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays were facing a slightly more formidable opponent in the Minnesota Twins. Like most of the AL, the Twins are playing for next year. The Twins came into today's game with a 44-53 record, well back of the second wild card spot. THe Blue Jays starting rotation is very unsettled this week with Marco Estrada and Aaron Sanchez still rehabing injuries and JA Happ trade uncertainty. Tonight Luis Santos got the start and Ryan Borucki will go tomorrow followed by Sam Gaviglio Wednesday, Marcus Stroman Friday and maybe JA Happ Saturday. Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Twins took an early lead in the top of the 1st as Eduardo Escobar tripled scoring Joe Mauer 
  • Luis Santos pitching line: 2IP 3H 1R (earned) 1BB 3K 44 pitches (24 for strikes)
  • The Twins added two more in the top of the third on a Logan Morrison Single that scored Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier
  • The Blue Jays got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd on a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. solo HR to left-center
  • The Twins added a run in the top of the 4th as Mauer singled home Mitch Garver
  • Two batters later, Eduardo Escobar singled home Robbie Grossman
  • The Twins added another run as Logan Morrison homered to center leading off the 5th
  • Two batters later, Max Kepler hit a 2-run shot to right-center; also scoring Jorge Polanco
  • Adalberto Mejia pitching line: 5.1IP 8H 1R (earned) 2BB 3K 97 pitches (59 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom of the 9th as Justin Smoak scored on a Yangervis Solarte sac fly 
  • A batter later, Kendrys Morales singled home Teoscar Hernandez
  • Final score: Twins 8 Blue Jays 3
My Take

  • It was bullpen day for the Toronto Blue Jays. With Marco Estrada still not ready to return from his butt injury, the Blue Jays started reliever Luis Santos, who gave up a run on a triple that got by a diving Randal Grichuk. Tim Mayza then came in and gave up a pair in the 3rd on a single and had two more runs charged to him thanks to Aaron Loup giving up a pair of singles. Then Joe Biagini was Joe Biagini, giving up 3 runs on three consecutive hits, two of which left the ball park. Jake Petricka and Jaime Garcia combined to get the final 12 Twins batters in order
  • Offensively, the Blue Jays did not have a great night. They were 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position and they left the bases loaded in the 6th after loading the bases with nobody out without scoring a run
  • Justin Smoak had a good day at the plate with a 3-5 effort and a run scored.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to even the series sending rookie southpaw Ryan Borucki to the hill against Twins righty Jose Berrios