The Blue Jays unleashed its video game like offence to complete a four game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. The visitors began the series in a playoff position, but Toronto bullied the Twins by essentially tapping them on the shoulder and saying "You're in my spot". Minnesota is surely looking for the first flight out of Toronto.
The Jays second hitter of the game, Josh Donaldson, walked before quickly stealing second base to get into scoring position. Two hitters later, Edwin Encarnacion crushed a two-out RBI double to score Donaldson and give the Blue Jays a quick 1-0 lead.
Both offences were shutout in the 2nd, but it did not take Toronto very long to extend the lead. Ben Revere, Troy Tulowitzki, and Josh Donaldson all singled to lead off the 3rd, upping the score to 2-0. Jose Bautista followed by grounding into a double play, but Edwin Encarnacion promptly delivered with two-outs once again, smashing a two-run home run to left.
Mark Buehrle cruised through the first three innings, but the Twins finally got to him in the 4th. A Trevor Plouffe two-run home run would cut the Blue Jays lead in half to 4-2.
Toronto's big inning would come in the 5th. Revere led off with a bunt single, but Plouffe's overthrow allowed Ben to advance all the way to third base. After Tulowitzki failed to cash him in, the Twins decided to "unintentionally-intentionally" walk Josh Donaldson. Unfortunately for the Twins, that just brought up another great hitter in Jose Bautista, who quickly doubled home Revere. Kyle Gibson then intentionally walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases and set up the double play, but hits from Dioner Navarro and Justin Smoak would immediately give the Jays an 8-2 lead. This lineup really just is not fair at times.
Yet another RBI double from Edwin Encarnacion made it 9-2 in the sixth. Nine runs was more than enough run support for Mark Buehrle, who gave up only an Aaron Hicks solo shot over the rest of his outing. Buehrle finished with a line of 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Bo Schultz then came in to finish the game with 2 clean innings of work.
Jays of the Day: Edwin Encarnacion (.228), and Mark Buehrle (.138). Josh Donaldson (.091) and Ben Revere (.095) will get the honour as well for their multiple hit games. Honourable mention goes to Kevin Pillar, who made an absolutely spectacular diving catch to rob Miguel Sano of extra bases in the 8th.
Bring on the Yankees. The Blue Jays will now head to New York, with R.A. Dickey going up against Nathan Eovaldi in game one.