At this point in the season, there’s not much left to play for if you’re the Blue Jays. The team could be forgiven for solely counting down until season’s send, but apparently that’s not what Toronto has in mind.
After kicking off the scoring in the first on Adam Lind’s single to score Rajai Davis, the Jays were unable to keep the Minnesota Twins on the scoreboard.
Aaron Laffey lacked the sharpness he brought to other starts through the year, and Trevor Plouffe made him pay for it with a two-run shot in the second. Plouffe was at it again in the third, driving in another run on a double to left. By the end of the night, Plouffe went two-for-three with three RBI. Joe Mauer scored the Twins’ fourth run of the game with a single to left in the fifth inning.
Toronto would come within a run in the sixth with a two-out, bases-loaded double by Jeff Mathis. Both Lind and Kelly Johnson scored, making the score 4-3. The Jays were unable to score again in the inning, which proved costly at the time.
Even without his best stuff, Laffey pitched five innings on the night and gave up the four runs on eight hits. Chad Beck pitched the sixth, giving up a walk and a hit before getting the next three batters to fly-out, pop-out and ground out. Brett Cecil got the first two outs in the seventh, but gave up an RBI single to Jamie Carroll making the score 5-3. Brad Lincoln came on to close out the inning and pitched the eighth, striking out four and walking one.
With the first two batters striking out in the seventh, Brett Lawrie singled to right and score on Lind’s double, his fourth hit of the night. Yunel Escobar struck out to end the inning, leaving the Jays unable to score the runner from second.
Casey Janssen pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two of the batters her faced. The Jays went into the bottom half of the inning trailing by a run, before a two-out homerun by Yan Gomes to almost dead centre tied the game at five.
Brandon Lyon pitched the tenth inning, managing to escape some trouble after giving up a lead-off double then hitting a batter. Mathis made a nice play on a bunt attempt in front of homeplate to get the lead runner at third.
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a one-out single in the tenth then advanced to second on a wild pitch. With J.P. Arencibia at the plate, Twins’ catcher Drew Butera dropped the third strike and hit Arencibia with his throw to first. Hechavarria had managed to score, but was returned to second when Arencibia was called out for runner interference. With two out, Anthony Gose lined a 1-2 single to centre to score the runner from second, making the final score 6-5.
Game two goes Tuesday night. Chad Jenkins will make his third major league start against Anthony Swarzak for the Twins. First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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