Carlos Santana the star of the show as the Blue Jays falter to the Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana homered with just one out during the ninth inning and made a familiar trot around the bases. This lead to the Cleveland Indians beating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2, in a game that featured little hitting.
Santana has returned to the Indians via trade this season after signing with Philadelphia as a free agent last season. He cemented the Indian first walk-off in 2019 when he connected on a 1-0 pitch off Joe Biagini (0-1).
Once his shot had landed in the left-field bleachers, Santana rounded the infield and was jumped on by his teammates at the plate. This included Jose Ramirez; who wrapped him in a tight bear hug.
It was a good week for Santana because he passed a test to become a U.S. citizen earlier in the week.
Adam Cimber struck out two to pick up the win. Meanwhile, Kevin Plawecki hit his first homer for the Indians.
The Blue Jays were helped by a two-run shot by Freddy Galvis.
Toronto and the Indians went into the game as the league’s weakest-hitting teams. The performances from both sides didn’t offer much optimism that this would change anytime soon. The Blue Jays struck out on 14 occasions. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s hitters fanned 10.
While both sides remain offensively challenged, they did get solid outings from their starters.
Trent Thornton was making only his second career start for the Blue Jays. He allowed two runs and three hits during 5 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, the Indians’ Shane Bieber fared even better during his first start of the campaign. He only gave up two hits and striking out nine in six.
Galvis gave Thornton a 2-1 lead during the fifth, with his second homer. A towering, two-run shot into the seats in the right. Rowdy Tellez walked leading off. Following this Brandon Drury was struck out by Bieber, and then Galvin connected on a 1-0 pitch; installing some life into the Blue Jays.
However, the Blue Jays lead was short, as Cleveland tied it in their half off Max Moroff’s two-out RBI double.
Plawecki joined the Indians as part of a January trade with the New York Mets. He connected in the third innings to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Before, Plawecki drove a 3-2 pitch from Thornton onto the left-field bleachers. Resulting in the team’s third homer of the season.
Justin Smoak was missing for the Blue Jays after reporting a sore neck. Therefore he missed his second consecutive game. Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz will throw 80 pitches on Sunday for Triple-A Buffalo. Buchholz has been injured since the 25th of March. However, he could be activated to start next weekend.
Charlie Montoyo told reporters: “It was his idea to do it in Buffalo. The weather is going to be nice, so why not?”
Meanwhile, Francona said Ramirez woke up “really stiff and sore.” The team took precautionary X-rays that came back negative. However, Francona wanted to play it safe with Ramirez.
Francona said: “I’d just hate to turn a one-day thing into a four-day thing.”
“But I think he’s going to be fine.”
Carlos Gonzalez is a step closer to joining the Indians. He made a successful debut in Columbus. He ended with two hits and an RBI.
Francona said: “We’ve got to do things right, even when it’s not convenient. You’ve got to treat these guys and let them get not only their bats in shape, but their bodies used to what it takes to play.”