This one surprised me. Coming in, Jake Ordorizzi had made three terrible starts, the Twins bullpen was overworked. The Blue Jays offense was rolling. I figured an easy win.
Twins 9 Jays 0
Ordorizzi was great. 7.1 innings shutout innings, 5 hits, 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Trevor May and Sergio Romo pitched the last 1.2 innings, allowing just 1 more hit.
Six hits in total. Randal Grichuk had 2 including our only extra base hit, a double. Bo Bichette, Teoscar Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel and Derek Fisher had a single each.
On the pitching side:
Matt Shoemaker is having a tough start to the season. He gave up 11 earned in his first three starts, 15.2 innings. Today didn’t reverse the trend. 3 innings, 7 hits (3 home runs), 7 runs, 6 earned (Vladimir Guerrero helped the Twins’ cause with an error, his third of the season), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.
Wilmer Font came in and didn’t make things better, giving up a walk and a homer, 2 earned, in 1.1.
Sam Gaviglio, Anthony Bass, Shun Yamaguchi, and Rafael Dolis pitched the last 4.2 scoreless but, by then it didn’t matter.
The star of the game for the Twins was Max Kepler, who had 3 home runs (tying a Twins record) and 4 RBI. Jorge Polanco had the other homer for the Twins.
Of note, Twins outfielder Luis Arraez was injured. No word on how long he will be out yet.
No Jays of the Day today.
Suckage goes to Shoemaker.
21,302 were at the game. Roof is still closed, even at a very nice 62 degrees in Toronto.
Jays drop to 12 and 6. Twins climb to 6-12, still in last place in the Central.
Tomorrow Chase Anderson gets the start (1-0. 8.59 ERA, 3 games, 1 start). Twins have Homer Bailey starting (1-0, 5.28 ERA in 3 starts).
If you are curious about where the team ranks in the AL: