Boston Red Sox demolish despondent Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays had little chance against the high-flying Boston Red Sox on Victoria Day. Especially considering the way the World Series champions have performed as of late. Also, the subtraction of rookie sensation Vladimir Guerrero Jr., from Toronto’s lineup didn’t help either.
Meanwhile, Boston blasted four home runs and 16 hits in a dominant 12-2 win at Rogers Centre on Monday afternoon. The Red Sox are now 19-9 in their last 28 games.
But in a curious decision, Blue Jays management decided to play in front of a large crowd of 26,784 without Guerrero. It was made to look stranger during the game as he was named as the American League player of the week.
The 20-year-old rookie has almost been as hot as the Red Sox. After going homerless in his first 13 games, he smacked four homers, batted .333 with nine RBIs in a six-game road trip with visits to play the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox.
But because Toronto are in the middle of 16 consecutive games without a day off. They planned out a schedule in which each of starting position player would be rested for at least one outing.
Guerrero’s turn in the dugout came on Monday. Even though manager Charlie Montoyo had the perfect opportunity to alter the plan. Second baseman and leadoff hitter Eric Sogard were already out with a sprained left thumb. He suffered the setback when he dove back into first base against the White Sox in a 5-2 win on Sunday.
But rather than keeping Guerrero’s hot bat in the lineup, possibly even as the designated hitter. Instead, Montoyo stuck with his plan to sit the rookie.
“We have the schedule set up for all the players. Because we’re going to play 16 straight and that’s why Vlad was off today,” Montoyo said.
The Toronto manager didn’t consider altering that plan with the Sogard injury. Montoya felt that it was important for Guerrero to take the day off, especially since he missed most of training camp with an oblique strain.
Guerrero found out when he stepped inside the Blue Jays clubhouse that he would be rested. If he was disappointed, he didn’t appear so in his post-game remarks.
“I think so, especially since I got hurt in spring training,” he said through an interpreter when asked if he agreed with the decision. “It’s just careful.”
He found out about his player of the week honours after the game.
“It was a great week,” he said. “I’m just going to keep working hard to help the team win. I’m not focused on the awards, but if they come, they come.”
The hits came early and often for the Red Sox in the opener of the four-game series in Toronto. After Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile smashed a two-run homer to left field in the second inning to tie the game at 2-2, the Red Sox took over for good with a four-run third inning against Toronto starter Edwin Jackson.
The big blow was infielder Michael Chavis’ ninth homer of the year, a two-run shot to left field after shortstop Xander Bogaerts delivered a two-run single.