Blue Jays score seven in the first three frames to bury Brewers 7-2

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Evan Stack
1 year ago
Maybe all it took was a day off.
After playing 17 games in 17 days, the Blue Jays had a chance to recoup and look towards building off of a series win in Minnesota. Their opponent? The NL Central-best Milwaukee Brewers, who have been known in recent years to have some of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball.
The Blue Jays answered the call in a huge way, especially since their offence has been struggling to put together a lot of momentum in recent games. Toronto touched up Brewers starter Adrian Houser for eleven hits and six earned runs, all starters but Bo Bichette had at least one hit, and the Blue Jays put away the Brewers 7-2 on Tuesday evening.

Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

There were several pieces of the offence that contributed to the win, but Guerrero was in the midst of a mini-slump by his standards. Among some of the recent series’, Guerrero was 1-for-13 against both the Twins and the Orioles.
Vladdy was 3-for-5 with an RBI tonight, one of two Blue Jays hitters with three hits. Guerrero’s average now sits at .291 after it had dipped below .300 just last week.

Things worth mentioning…

Yusei Kikuchi wasn’t elite, but he was exactly what Toronto needed from their No. 5 starter tonight. Kikuchi earned his sixth win, throwing five innings and allowing three hits, two runs, five walks, and four strikeouts. He surrendered a two-run home run to William Contreras in the 1st inning, but thankfully it was not a precursor as to how his night would go. He also did a nice job working around the five walks and limiting their impact on the base paths.
One of Kikuchi’s four K’s was his 500th career strikeout. He was also caught by Alejandro Kirk, a change of pace for Yusei who has been caught by Danny Jansen recently.
The bullpen backed up Kikuchi effectively, none more than Nate Pearson, who struck out four of the six batters faced. Adam Cimber, Tim Mayza, and Yimi Garcia also put up zeros, making the bullpen’s final line 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, and 4 K’s.
As mentioned earlier, Toronto’s offence was the story of the game. Five of the first six batters of the game reached base, including RBI singles from Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman and an RBI double for Whit Merrifield. Brandon Belt, Cavan Biggio, and Bichette also had RBIs of their own – a sight extremely welcome for Biggio, whose RBI was the first one not on a home run this year. A list of impressive stat lines from tonight are below:
Belt: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Merrifield: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B
Kirk: 3-for-4
Biggio: 2-for-3, RBI, BB
What’s Next: Game two of the series is tomorrow evening, as Alek Manoah will oppose Julio Teheran. Manoah is in serious need of a good outing, so maybe facing a subpar offence will help get him going.


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