It was hard to believe the Blue Jays’ three-game series against the Minnesota Twins could get any worse.
Toronto was outscored 11-0 Monday and Tuesday, and outhit 20-9. The Twins’ rotation produced back-to-back seven-inning performances, while the Jays staff left the bullpen with a heavy workload.
And then in Wednesday’s finale, the visitors completed an emphatic sweep with a 9-1 victory at the Rogers Centre. One run in total ties the franchise worst for a three-game series, last done in 1981.
The Jays’ lone run came on Billy McKinney’s homer in the fifth, one of just two Toronto hits on the night. For the 15th time in 37 games, they didn’t manage a hit the first time through the order.
Jays starter Trent Thornton lasted just two innings, matching the shortest start by a Jay this season. Sean Reid-Foley was the other.
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Asked if he could take any positives out of this series, manager Charlie Montoyo said post-game: “Not really. I’m usually very positive, but we didn’t play good the last three days so I’m not going to sit here and make excuses for this and that, because we didn’t play good baseball.
“My kids know it, I know it, so I’m not going to insult your intelligence by saying, ‘We did this and we did that.’ We did not friggin’ play good baseball the last three days. We got hit, we didn’t hit, so it was not very good. But thank God tomorrow’s a day off and here were friggin’ go. We’re going to keep f—— working hard at it. That’s all I got.”
The Jays used six relievers on the way to their eighth loss in nine games.
- Home run derby: The Twins did their damage with four two-run homers — by Jorge Polanco, C.J. Cron (whose blast knocked Thornton out of the game in the third), Jonathan Schoop (off Sam Gaviglio, whose ERA went from 1.13 to 1.80) and Eddie Rosario (off Elvis Luciano).
- Not O-K: Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson struck out a career-high 11 in his six innings, ringing up every Jay but McKinney and Brandon Drury. Randal Grichuk fanned four times on the night … Polanco tied a career high with his second five-hit game of the season. The 25-year-old shortstop and was a triple shy of a cycle when he was lifted in the seventh for a pinch-runner.
- Vlad watch: Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was given his second rest day since joining the Jays on April 26. The 20-year-old is hitting .162 , but Montoyo said the decision to sit him was for physical reasons, not a mental break. Toronto is mindful of Guerrero’s recent left oblique strain as the team plans out his schedule. Teoscar Hernandez, hitting .195, also got the night off. Socrates Brito (averaging .077 after three strikeouts on Wednesday) got a start.
- Up next: The Jays will take Thursday off before opening a three-game home series with the Chicago White Sox on Friday at 7 p.m.
Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy
Published at Thu, 09 May 2019 03:34:43 +0000