Blue Jays string together 19 hits in beat-down of Orioles
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Final Score: 11-1
TORONTO–Blue Jays broadcaster Dan Shulman was quoted saying that “the Blue Jays bats are really starting to come around now” in Monday night’s series opener against the Baltimore Orioles. The scary part, is despite a 19-hit effort from Toronto's offence including five extra-base hits that saw them deliver an 11-1 win over Baltimore, Shulman was right.
The Blue Jays jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening four innings, before scoring a touchdown in the seventh with two out. The inning saw their lead increase from 2-0 to 9-0 while knocking out starter Kyle Bradish who, up until that point, looked to be handling his own against the powerhouse lineup.
Alek Manoah started opposite him for the Blue Jays once again delivering a masterpiece as the sophomore starter continues to cement his name into the early Cy Young conversation. Manoah went another six innings of one-hit baseball while striking out seven and walking just one for his eighth win of the season. The win is his 17th in the first 20 decisions of his career, putting him amongst the company of just six other pitchers having done so since 1901, the most recent being Vida Blue between 1969 and ‘71. The win also sees his record at home improve to 10-0 to start his career, which no other American League starter has done since Blue.
The righty’s consistency is his scariest trait as Manoah has gone less than six innings or allowed more than two runs just once each through his 12 outings this season thus far.
"That's not easy to do," marvelled manager Charlie Montoyo. "He gets tougher when he has to, makes big pitches when he has to and that's why right now he's one of the best pitchers in baseball, he limits the damage. Think about that for a minute — 12 starts and only five hits with men in scoring position. That's pretty amazing.”
The offence continued to shine though as every starter in the lineup grabbed a base knock during the affair. Cavan Biggio has continued to ramp up his bat since his return from the IL batting .293 in his last 15 games, but closer to .400 in his last seven including a slugging % of .619.
This one was long over by the eighth inning when Vladdy Guerrero Jr. hit a rocket off of Rico Garcia into the second deck for good measure to grab his 15h of the season, and sixth in his last 15 games. 2021’s MVP finalist seems to be finding his form after a bit of a slower start as the 23-year-old is hitting well over .300 in his last 30 games.
INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES
RHP Julian Merryweather (right side discomfort) was pulled from the series opener immediately following a pitch delivery that saw him wince and grab his left side. The pitcher missed some significant time in 2021 with a left oblique injury, but the team will know more in the coming days. RHP Ross Stripling will continue to hold LHP Hyun Jin Ryu’s spot in the starting rotation as the lefty continues to deal with elbow inflammation. Skipper Charlie Montoyo said he’s “still a ways away” when asked about Ryu ahead of Monday’s game. Stripling has been arguably the team’s saviour this season though with Ryu’s significant amount of time missed. Through his 43.0 IP this season, he holds a record of 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA to complement his WHIP of 1.00.
The Orioles and Blue Jays will go for game two of four Tuesday night as Baltimore will send Jordan Lyles (3-5, 4.97 ERA) in hopes of bouncing back from Monday's beat down. The Jays will give the ball to Yusei Kikuchi (2-2, 4.44 ERA) who, after looking to find some form of late, is coming off three dismal outings, his most recent of which saw him pulled in just the first inning. First pitch goes at the Rogers Centre at just after 7PM ET.