The Toronto Blue Jays win second straight behind great performance from their bats defeating the Minnesota Twins handily en route to a 9 – 3 victory.
The Jays came into the second game of the series after breaking an ugly five game losing streak against the Twins in game one of this four game set. With Sanchez slated to take the mound the Jays had hopes of getting a bit of a streak going. In addition, not messing with a good thing, Gibby rolled out a similar lineup to the player presented shake up as they did in game one.
Unfortunately for the Jays the Twins would draw first blood in the bottom of the second. After Miguel Sano singled on a ground ball to start the inning, Robbie Grossman was able to double him in. Despite the run scoring double and an error from Ryan Goins, Sanchez was able to minimize the damage getting out of the inning without any more runs scored.
The Jays would strike back fast making up ground in the top of the third. After newly found leadoff man Jose Bautista singled to left field, Josh Donaldson stepped in behind him and absolutely obliterated a home run blast to take the lead 2-1.
There wouldn’t be much more activity until the Blue Jays bats finally came alive like everyone has waited for in the top of the sixth. Michael Saunders got things going with his second hit of the day on a single to center. Tulo then knocked him home with a fly ball double to center to go up 3-1. On that note, looking more like the Tulo of old has Blue Jays fans breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Tulo is 12 for his last 40 (300), over his last 11 games. Told me last night he feels more like himself now and it's showing. #BlueJays
— Barry Davis (@BarryDavis_) May 21, 2016
Not to pump our own tires here (OK that’s totally what I’m doing), but our own Doyle did see this coming. It didn’t stop there though as the Blue Jays continued to pour it on. After an Ezequiel Carrera HBP, John Gibbons made sure his return did not go unnoticed, making a very telling move by pinch-hitting Jimmy Paredes for the struggling Ryan Goins. The move paid off as Paredes singled right up the gut to center scoring Troy Tulowitzki and bringing Jose Bautista up to the dish. The floodgates had opened, and Bautista made sure it didn’t stop there unleashing a 3 run bomb.
3 run bomb.
This is more like it. #BlueJays
— Jays From the Couch (@JaysFromCouch) May 21, 2016
That was all the damage that would be done in the sixth, but for the Twins it was bad, with the Jays now leading 7-1.
The route was in place and as a result the game would close out rather uneventfully. Of note however, Saunders stayed hot and blasted his seventh homer to right in the top of the seventh, and Darwin Barney destroyed his second of the year into the top deck in the 8th (BAT FLIP ALERT!!).
Darwin Barney bat flip dot gif. pic.twitter.com/12DLDdoIai
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) May 21, 2016
Aaron Sanchez would close out the seventh giving up one more run in the process on a Robbie Grossman single, leaving with a very impressive line of 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 7K, 0 BB, and 96 pitches (65 for strikes). Drew Storen and Chad Girodo would close things out rather uneventfully, with only Robbie Grossman (again!!) making a little noise with a line drive home run to center field.
All in all, another victory is just what the doctor ordered for the Jays, and they did just that with a convincing 9-3 victory.
Quietly asked a Blue Jay about the team's offence today: "Honestly, man—we just need to kick the shit out of someone." Nine runs tonight.
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) May 21, 2016
Congrats boys, you did just that. Now keep that up!
Play of the Game:
In a fantastic game of four home runs, tons of runs, great pitching, and even a solid managerial decision, at the end of the day I am a sucker for defensive plays. As a result I am choosing Carreras phenomenal dive in the bottom of the fourth as the play of the game. There are TV dives…… and then there is this.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 21, 2016
This was another tough one. Sanchez had another excellent performance to start and there were tons of candidates on the bats. But when it came down to it, Josh Donaldson stepped up like no other. Going 2 for 5 with a home run, 2 RBI, and a wPA of 0.177, he made an impact early when the Jays needed it most, and put them in the lead.
As mentioned above, the Twins came out strong and were up early on the Jays. Donaldson put a stop to that with his blast in the top of the third and the Jays never looked back.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 21, 2016
News and Notes:
Devon Travis continued his rehab assignment in Buffalo tonight. Unfortunately he did not look as solid as nights passed as reported by John Lott, breaking his rehab hit streak.
In Buffalo tonight, Devin Travis was the DH and went 0-for-5: 1-3, 5-3, F-8, K, 5-3.
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) May 21, 2016
Also, John Gibbons was back in the dugout for the first time in three games tonight with a fresh vote of confidence from Mark Shapiro. Kevin Pillar joined him as he was given a night off with Ezequiel Carrera starting in center.
The Blue Jays look to keep this mini streak going tomorrow against the 10-31 Twins as J.A. Happ looks to bounce back after his disappointing last start. Our own Wade included a detailed set up in his series preview here. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 eastern.
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