Poor Blue Jays Lose 9-1 to Twins
Jorge Polanco matched his career high record with five hits; including a two-run homer. As the Minnesota Twins eased to a 9-1 win over the mediocre Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Kyle Gibson was dominant. He struck out 11 over six innings of work and allowed two hits and one run for Minnesota.
Meanwhile, Eddie Rosario, Jonathan Schoop and C.J. Cron added homers as the Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays. In the process, they earned their tenth victory in 13 games.
Ryne Harper, Blake Parker and Mike Morin pitched three scoreless innings out of the Twins bullpen.
Meanwhile, Billy McKinney’s solo home run at the end of the fifth inning was the lone bright moment for the Blue Jays. They have now lost eight of their last nine games.
McKinney’s homer ended a 25-inning scoreless skid for the Blue Jays. They last crossed the home plate during the seventh inning of Sunday’s 10-2 loss in Texas.
Also, Rookie starter Trent Thornton struggled. He gave up five runs on seven hits in two-plus innings. The Blue Jays bullpen didn’t offer much assistance, as Sam Gaviglio, Elvis Luciano, Derek Law, Daniel Hudson and Tim Mayza combined to give up four extra runs.
Rosario hit a sacrifice fly to the deep right during the first innings to bring home Max Kepler from third base. Meanwhile, Kepler had led off the with a single and then advanced on Polanco’s first hit of the game.
Also, Thornton laboured through the innings. He threw 30 pitches and loaded the bases with two outs. However, he induced a Mitch Garver infield fly to escape the inning trailing only 1-0.
In stark contrast, Gibson was the model of efficiency at the bottom of the inning. He struck out all three of the first Blue Jays batters.
Polanco piled on in the second inning, driving the ball over the right-field fence and cashing in Kepler for a 3-0 Twins’ lead.
With Thornton already at 58 pitches after two innings; Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo had Gaviglio warming up in the bullpen as the Blue Jays took the field at the top of the third.
That pitching change wasn’t fast enough as Thornton gave up another single to Rosario and then a home run to Cron to lead off the innings. Toronto catcher Luke Maile tried to buy Gaviglio some-time with a quick visit to the mound. However, as soon as he returned to his position behind home plate Montoyo came out to pull Thornton.
However, things didn’t improve, and Gaviglio struggled. He gave up a single to Marwin Gonzalez, struck out Garver, then Schoop crushed the first pitch he saw for a two-run homer and a 7-0 Minnesota lead. Gaviglio eventually got out of the inning, but not before all nine Twins batters made it to the plate.
“I’m not going to sit here and make excuses for this and for that, we didn’t play good baseball,” said a fired-up Montoyo after the loss.
“My kids know it, I know it, so I’m not going to insult your intelligence by saying ‘oh we did this and we did that.'”
“We did not frigging play good baseball the past three days,” said Montoyo. “We got hit, we didn’t hit. Thank God tomorrow’s a day off because here we frigging go. We’re going to keep (expletive) working hard at it. That’s all I’ve got.”