Jays bounce back from loss in KC, stomp on Tigers in series opener
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Final Score: 10-1
DETROIT–If you’re Elvin El Rodriguez heading into Friday night’s matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers, the only thing on your mind is keeping your head down, and delivering the best performance you can following a tough start against the Yankees last week.
The Bronx Bombers spotted El Rodriguez tipping his pitches which lead to the rookie surrendering 10 runs on 11 hits to the AL East’s first place team.
Unfortunately for him, the Blue Jays showed up to Comerica Park looking inspired after their tough loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, and delivered an absolute beat-down on El Rodriguez, and the Tigers as a whole, to take the opener of a three-game series 10-1.
Jose Berrios was on the hill for Toronto following a brilliant start Saturday against the Twins that saw him match his season-high in innings pitched, as well as set a career-best 13 punchouts. He once again looked solid as he seems to be finding more and more control with his slider. Berrios gave the Blue Jays eight solid innings of work, surrendering just one run on five hits.
It was the offence that stole the show in the Motown piecing together a 15 hit performance that saw them put up 10 runs on a subpar Tigers squad. They jumped out early in this one when on the first he saw, number two hitter Bo Bichette pulled a double down the left-field line to score George Springer in the top of the first. This allowed the current best hitter in baseball a crack at things in the opening frame, as Alejandro Kirk sent a double deep to centre-field to bring around Bichette.
The second inning was where things got interesting though, as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got a hold of the offering from El Rodriguez, sending it deep to left-centre field for a solo shot, and his third of the season. Cavan Biggio followed him up with a four-pitch walk, before George Springer came up and hit one out of the ballpark as well. Just like that the Tigers found themselves in the hole 5-0, when Bichette, obviously feeling left out, followed suit, taking El Rodriguez deep over the wall as well.
But of course when it rains, it pours as the game would have to endure a 26-minute rain delay in the third, but the weather seemingly having no effect on Berrios who would come back out absolutely dealing.
“We’re in a good spot,” centre fielder George Springer said. “That’s a fantastic outing for him and a good day for us as a whole.”
“The last outing I went back to the old Jose Berrios as a sinker guy and a slider guy,” Berrios said. “I’ve been executing well with quality sinkers and quality sliders and that’s why I’ve been able to (succeed).”
The Blue Jays would continue to add tallies on the board with a total of five of the starting nine picking up RBIs in the contest. Springer had a three hit night and a walk, before being pulled in the seventh, just a triple away from the cycle. The comfortable lead had Montoyo turn to recently recalled Jeremy Beasley who came in to close out the ninth. Beasley was able to retire the side in order to seal the deal on the affair.
ROSTER MOVES/INJURY REPORT
With C Danny Jansen recovering from his fractured metacarpal suffered during their bout in Kansas, the Blue Jays have activated 22-year-old Gabriel Moreno from Triple-A Buffalo. The number-four rated prospect in the MLB Pipeline and is expected to make his big league debut for Saturday’s game. Hyun Jin Ryu is on a foggy path at the moment with his recovery, as the team is assessing different treatment options for his left elbow. LHP Andrew Vasquez (right ankle) joins Ryu on the 15-day IL after suffering a sprain in his ankle during Wednesday’s finale with Kansas City.
Kevin Gausman (5-4, 2.78 ERA) will look to bounce back from a tough outing Sunday against Minnesota. First pitch goes at just after 4PM ET on Saturday.