Jays hot offence stalls, drop second against St. Louis
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Final Score: 6-1
TORONTO–Following a Cy Young worthy start to the season for Kevin Gausman, the righty has had his ups and downs.
Wednesday night in the Blue Jays 6-1 loss against the NL Cardinals was not one of those “ups”
Gausman delivered 4 2/3 innings of work while surrendering five runs on eight hits, including a solo shot to Nolan Gorman. Future Hall-of-famer Albert Pujols jacked his 686th career home run in the top of the fifth inning after Gausman was pulled to become the oldest player in MLB history to hit a long ball at the Rogers Centre.
St. Louis got out on the attack early in this one with a Dylan Carson RBI double in the third to score Gorman. This was followed up with another RBI double just an inning later off the bat of Lars Nootbar to score Brendan Donovan.
The Blue Jays took one back from the Cards in the bottom of the frame with a Bo Bichette RBI single, before St. Louis ran away with it in the fifth. Gorman got things started with his solo shot off of Gausman which was followed by Pujols’ three-run bomb.
Despite the overflow of offence from the Cardinals, their second run would do it as the Jays, following what had been a monstrous four games back from the All-Star break, seemed to stall a bit collecting just five hits to St. Louis’ 13.
The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Jays who have now taken seven of their last eight to pull within 11.5 games of the AL East leading Yankees.
They’ll look to take advantage of a lowly Detroit Tigers squad coming to town for a four-game stretch with game one going Thursday..
Lefty Yusei Kikuchi will get the nod for the opener following a tumultuous start to the season which saw him land on the IL for a 15-day stint.