Royals 0 Blue Jays 4
Still undefeated in Canada!
Alek Manoah was great. He is a ton of fun to watch. In that way, he reminds me of Marcus Stroman. And, like I was with Stroman in his rookie season, I’m so happy that we will get to watch Manoah for the next several years.
Alek threw 7 innings, allowed just 2 hits (both singles), and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. He did have a couple of nice catches by Lourdes Gurriel that helped him out, but he was dominant. I don’t remember a Royals player making it to second base.
Ryan Borucki got the first two outs of the eighth, with a walk mixed in. Cimber came in for the last out of the inning. He also pitched the ninth.
On offense, George Springer homered on Mike Minor’s first pitch of the game. That was all we would need, but George hit a two-run homer in his second at-bat.
Our non-Springer run came in the sixth inning. Vladimir Guerrero started the inning, beating out an infield single (called out on the field, quickly overturned on replay, I’m not sure what the umpire was thinking). Marcus Semien followed, lining one to center field. Michael A. Taylor dove for it and missed it by several feet, turning it into a triple. It would have been good to bring Semien in and get to a five-run lead, but such is life.
Minor pitched well, other than the two Springer at-bats. He only allowed 5 hits in his 7 innings.
Jays of the Day: Manoah (.347 WPA) and Springer (.239).
No one had the suckage number. Hernandez had the low mark at -.047 for an 0 for 3, 2 k.
Tomorrow we go for the sweep. This winning stuff is fun.
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