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Instant Reaction: Blue Jays fall 6-1 to the Royals, losing their third consecutive series

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Photo credit:© Nick Turchiaro - USA Today
Ryley Delaney
1 month ago
For the third series in a row, the Blue Jays have lost.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Jays hosted the Kansas City Royals for the third and final game of the series, falling 6-1 to the American League Central team.
Despite the score, Chris Bassitt hurled a gem through the first five innings, as he hadn’t allowed a hit. However, Kyle Isbel doubled to lead off the the top of the sixth, Bobby Witt Jr. hit a one-out single, Vinnie Pasquantino doubled, Salvador Pérez hit a single to drive in one run, while Michael Massey grounded in to score the Royals’ third run of the game.
The Jays, and by “the Jays”, I mean Danny Jansen hit his third home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh, scoring the team’s only run of the game.
After two singles in the top of the eighth, Nate Pearson gave up a home run to Michael Massey, the second of Massey’s career, and the second in as many days.

Things worth mentioning…

Chris Bassitt deserved a lot better than what he got. He finished with a line of 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K to bring his season ERA to 5.45, but once again, he carried a no-hitter into the top of sixth. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays bats were silent once again.
Trevor Richards continues to be one of the more consistent relievers out of the bullpen, as he struck out one batter in his inning of work to bring his season ERA to 3.77.
Nate Pearson pitched for the second time this series and had a rough game, giving up three earned runs in an inning of work. Coming into this game, Pearson had an 1.80 ERA, but that has ballooned to 4.09 after the rough outing  This is the life of a reliever.
Daniel Vogelbach hit a double, his second of the season, but why is he on this team? The left-handed hitting designated hitter has started five games this season, with the last game coming on April 24. He’s not hitting well as a pinch hitter, so why don’t the Jays just call up Spencer Horwitz?
Danny Jansen hit his third home run of the season and has looked terrific since coming off the injured list. It’s nice to have some pop in the lineup, now imagine if the rest of the team could hit some home runs!
It’s okay to be a bad team if you’re fun. It’s okay to be a boring team if you’re good. It’s even better when you’re a good team that is also fun like the 2015 Blue Jays. What isn’t acceptable is being a bad and boring team like the Blue Jays are 32 games into this season. Something has to change.
Up next: Thankfully for Toronto Maple Leaf fans (and basically every Blue Jay fan), the team doesn’t play on Thursday, giving up a much-needed break from being frustrated for two-and-a-half hours. On Friday, the Jays will head to Washington, where very few people will get to watch the game as it’s on Apple TV+, which may actually be a blessing, let’s be real.
Interestingly, that 2015 Blue Jays team that was fun and good actually didn’t start the season off good. Heading into the United States capital on June 1, the Jays were 23-29 and lost the first game of a doubleheader. However, they rattled off 11 straight wins and went on to make the American League Championship Series, falling to the… Kansas City Royals.

As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Ryley_L_D.

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