This is Saturday’s game.
Ken Giles had his 5th blown save of the season, but we were able to score 3 in the top of the tenth and win.
Giles came into the game in the ninth with the Jays ahead 4-3. He got 2 outs, a strikeout and a fly out. Then Nick Gordon and Alex Kirilloff had back-to-back singles to give the Twins runners on the corners. Then a wild pitch brought in the tying run. Fortunately Giles struck out Byron Buxton to strand the inning run at second.
But that allowed for an exciting top of the tenth. Twins reliever Tyler Duffey came into the tenth inning with a 3.52 ERA. He got the first two outs of the inning, Reese McGuire and Joe Panik on fly outs. Then Derek Fisher walked and Lourdes Gurriel and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had back-to-back home runs to make it 7-4.
Eduardo Jimenez pitched the bottom of the tenth, picking up his 4th save. Giles got the win.
We had a good start from Anthony Kay. He went 6.2, allowed 7 hits, 3 earned, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He gave up a 3-run homer to Jake Cave in the second inning, but that it for runs.
Shun Yamaguchi came into the game with 1 on and 2 out in the seventh and got the next 4 outs.
On the offensive side, we had 9 hits. 7 of the 9 were extra base hits with 4 homers and 3 doubles.
- 1 in the second: Bo Bichette hit a solo home run.
- 2 in the third: Joe Panik led off with a single. An our later Gurriel doubled. A Bichette double brought them both home.
- 1 in the sixth: Rowdy Tellez hit a solo homer.
And then the 3 in the tenth.
Lourdes, Bo and Travis Shaw had 2 hits each. Randal Grichuk and Reese McGuire were the only Jays not to reach base.
Let’s give JoD’s to Gurriel and Bo.
The quote of the game? Lourdes said “Good win for us, tough loss for them.”
The Jays are now 59-37. Tomorrow’s game is the last game before the All-Star break.
Tomorrow Tanner Roark (3-7, 4.99 in 17 starts) is scheduled to start. The Twins have Jose Berrios (6-7, 4.15 ERA in 19 starts) starting. And then 5 days off with the break.