Blue Jays clinch series win over Royals behind eight-inning gem from Kevin Gausman
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By Cam Lewis11 days ago
The Blue Jays have won their fourth series in a row.
An excellent start from Kevin Gausman and a huge day offensively from George Springer led the Blue Jays to victory on Saturday afternoon and they’ll go for the series sweep on Sunday.
Things worth mentioning…
- Kevin Gausman put together one of his best starts of the season on Saturday afternoon. The righty went eight innings and allowed only one earned run, a solo homer from Edward Olivares, on two hits and one walk while striking out 10. It was an especially encouraging outing for Gausman because he had only cleared six innings in two of his six starts since the beginning of August and had only gone five and four innings in his last couple of outings. He threw 105 pitches and struck out the side in the top of the eighth inning to cap off an excellent performance.
- The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning when George Springer launched a solo bomb off of Zack Greinke but the Royals tied the game immediately after with the aforementioned Olivares dinger. Springer came up clutch again with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning and then he hit his second solo bomb of the game in the seventh inning. All told, he went 3-for-4 and drove in four of Toronto’s five runs.
- The Blue Jays will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon with José Berríos taking the mound against rookie Cole Ragans. The young lefty has been incredible since getting traded from the Texas Rangers to the Royals earlier this season. He has a 1.51 ERA over eight starts with Kansas City and is striking out 11.9 batters per nine innings.
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