Royals avoid sweep, pour it on Blue Jays for series closer

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@stefanluciani_

Wednesday, June 8, 2022


Final Score: 8-4

KANSAS CITY–Following a string of strong starts for Yusei Kikuchi giving many fans hope the Japanese lefty is starting to find his form, he delivered what can be described as a very underwhelming performance Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. Kikuchi lasted just 2/3 of an inning surrendering two hits that lead to three runs in the bottom of the first. Skipper Charlie Montoyo was forced to go to the bullpen early in an attempt to mitigate the damage, but the Royals would be too much to handle avoiding the sweep and taking the third of a three-game set 8-4.

 

The Blue Jays' offence looked solid still in the contest putting up another 12 hits, but failed to capitalize on the opportunities going just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Royals got out to an early 3-0 lead following Kikuchi’s struggles, before Trent Thornton came in to calm the waters pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings. The effort allowed the bats to get back in it with both Raimel Tapia, and the recently recalled Zack Collins both sending solo shots deep over the right field wall. The Jays would even the tide shortly thereafter with a Vladimir Gurrero Jr. groundout bringing around Cavan Biggio.

 

Unfortunately it wouldn’t be enough as the rest of the game would consist of the Royals finding their pitches and stringing together hits to score another five runs between the fourth and the seventh with the Blue Jays stalled at their total of three. The Royals would avoid the sweep with the 8-4 victory. 

 

INJURY REPORT

Blue Jays: C Danny Jansen (metacarpal fracture) finds himself back on the injured list after taking a pitch to the hand in Monday's series opener against the Royals. The injury comes at an inopportune time with the catcher playing some of the best baseball of his career smacking nine home runs and five RBIs over his last 15 games. The move has prompted the Jays to recall C Zack Collins from Triple-A Buffalo. Collins spent some time with the team earlier in the season impressing during his tenure with the club. LHP Andrew Vasquez (right foot/ankle) appeared to injure his right foot/ankle during the Jays series closer in Kansas Wednesday while covering a play at first base. Details haven’t been made available yet with the team listing him as day-to-day. 

 

LOOK AHEAD

Toronto will now have a much-needed day off on Thursday before kicking off a stretch of 13 consecutive games against Detroit on Friday. The span sees them home for seven of those games including a three-game series against the division-leading New York Yankees.