There are few things better than a walk-off homer.
Teoscar Hernandez, leading off the bottom of the ninth, in a 5-5 game, took Royals reliever Kevin McCarthy deep, sending 25,550 (sim) Blue Jays fans home happy.
We shouldn’t have needed the heroics from Teoscar. After 7 innings we were up 5-3, but Brian Moran had a rough time of it. Moran came in with 2 outs, in the bottom of the eighth and gave up a walk, single and 2-run double. The Jays fell victim to the 3-batter rule. Since Adalberto Mondesi (who hit the double) was the Moran’s third batter, Rafael Dolis came in and got Jorge Soler to strikeout to end the inning. Dolis also pitched a quick ninth, giving up just a walk, earning the win.
Tanner Roark started and was kind of ok. 5.1 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. He gave up a run in the fourth (Hunter Dozier walked and Alex Gordon doubled him home) and two more in the sixth: After Hunter Dozier was thrown out at third, trying to stretch a double into a triple (Anthony Alford showing off that arm that made him a college quarterback), Roach hit a pair of batters (maybe he should have been pulled there) and gave up a pair of walks, scoring one. That’s when he was pulled. Trent Thornton came in an immediately brought home another run with a wild pitch. But Trent then stranded the other two inherited runners.
Trent pitched a scoreless seventh, despite a walk, wild pitch and single.
On the offensive side, we had 11 hits, with 2 home runs and 4 walks. We scored:
- One in the Fourth: Travis Shaw hit his 7th home run of the season. 7 in 15 games isn’t bad.
- Four in the Sixth: Hernandez reached on a bunt single (I think that is his second of the season). He was erased on a Vladimir Guerroro fielders choice ground out. Derek Fisher singled. Lourdes Gurriel doubled home Vlad. Joe Panik singled home both baserunners. And Danny Jansen doubled home Panik.
- And, of course, the walk-off homer.
Every Jay in the starting lineup had a hit, other than leadoff hitter Bo Bichette (0 for 5, k). Hernandez, Vlad and Gurriel had 2 hits each. Panik had the hit and two walks, in his second start of the season.
JODs go to Hernandez, Panik, Thornton and Dolis.
Suckage: Moran and Bichette.
After the game Thornton was send down to Buffalo and Sam Gavilio comes back up (yeah OOTP doesn’t do the 10 day rule. They could fix that).
The Royals also made a move, sending today’s losing pitcher (he is 0-3 on the season) Kevin McCarthy to Triple-A, calling up Tim Hill a left-handed pitcher.
Tomorrow Hyun-jin Ryu (1-0, 2.45) makes his fourth start. Mike Montgomery (1-0, 2.38) makes his third start for the Royals.
I’ll put in the player stats below. Lourdes leads the league in RBI. Shaw is second in home runs and second in OPS.