Blue Jays win game, series with Twins behind explosive first inning

Matt Dionne
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, September 19, 2021

After splitting the first two games of a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins, the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to take game three and the series on Sunday.

Toronto wasted no time, as they jumped all over Twins' starter  Luke Farrell in the bottom of the first inning, scoring five runs on seven hits.

Minnesota cut into the Toronto lead in the top of the fourth, as a pair of back-to-back doubles brought in two runs, including former Blue Jay Josh Donaldson, who reached base after getting hit by a pitch.

The Twins cut into the lead again in the top of the seventh on a solo shot from Ben Rortvedt, trimming the Blue Jay lead to just two runs.

With a two-run lead going into the top of the ninth, Manager Charlie Montoyo sent closer Jordan Romano to the mound. Romano produced a scoreless inning, picking up his 19th save of the season, as Toronto hung on for the 5-3 win.

After scoring five runs in the opening inning, it appeared Toronto would make it a long day for the Minnesota pitchers. However, that was all the offense they would muster in the game, as they didn’t score another run the rest of the way.

It was another great day at the plate for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is vying for American League (AL) MVP, he went three for four at the plate with a run and an RBI on a pair of singles and a double.

With the win, the Blue Jays strengthened their hold on the final wild-card spot in the AL. It was Toronto’s 18th win in their last 22 games, and it was also their seventh consecutive series win.

However, while they did win two of three games, it was a somewhat frustrating result for the Blue Jays, as they missed another opportunity to sweep a significantly inferior opponent.

On Monday, the Blue Jays hit the road, as they’ll be in Florida for a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.