Bowden Francis tossed six innings, Brian Serven hit another home run, and more as the Blue Jays beat the Twins 5-1

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Cam Lewis
1 month ago
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Bowden Francis has earned a spot in the starting rotation.
The right-hander allowed one unearned run over six innings of work and saw his Spring Training ERA drop to 1.93 as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins by a score of 5-1 in Grapefruit League play on Thursday. He scattered four hits, all of which were singles, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out two.

Other things worth mentioning…

  • After Francis tossed six innings, Wes Parsons came in and pitched the final three frames. He didn’t allow a hit or an earned run and worked around two walks while striking out one batter. All told, Francis and Parsons held a Minnesota lineup that featured Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, and Royce Lewis to just four hits and two walks over nine innings.
  • The one run that the Twins scored came in the third inning. Ryan Jeffers led off with a single, Manuel Margot reached on a throwing error by Eduardo Escobar at third base, and Eduard Julien drove Jeffers home with a single. Francis got out of the inning by picking off Margot at first and then getting Carlos Correa to pop out in foul territory.
  • The Blue Jays scored three runs in the first two innings of the game to take an early lead. Santiago Espinal led off the first with a double and Davis Schneider brought him home on a sacrifice fly later in the inning. In the second frame, Spencer Horwitz hit a single and catcher Brian Serven hit a two-run bomb to extend Toronto’s lead to 3-0.
  • The homer was Serven’s third of Spring Training, tied for the most on the team with fellow catcher Alejandro Kirk. The Blue Jays claimed Serven off of waivers from the Chicago Cubs this off-season and he’s made a very good first impression to become the team’s third-string catcher.


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