The Blue Jays finally broke out of their win two/lose two pattern of this young season with a third straight victory, backed by the strong left arm of Ricky Romero and another big inning.
For the second straight game, the Jays threw down with a four-run frame, it’s as though you can see the offense starting to rev up. They kept up with the clutch hits as well, going 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position, a category in which they continue to lead the major leagues with a .344 batting average.
Romero was in real trouble only once in his eight innings of work, loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the 5th, immediately after the Jays had put up their four-spot. He got his double-play grounder from Alcides Escobar, but Yunel Escobar threw away the relay, allowing an extra run to score. Romero followed by inducing two more ground balls to stop the uprising right there. In the absence of the injured Sergio Santos, it was Francisco Cordero who worked the 9th to earn his first save as a Blue Jay, though it wasn’t easy. He let the Royals put the tying run on first base before inducing a game-ending double play ball off the bat of pinch-hitter Brayan Pena.
Oh, and in the top of the 8th, the Blue Jays got a big insurance run when Brett Lawrie, who had singled in a pair in the 5th, stole home. It wasn’t a straight steal like he attempted against the Orioles at Rogers Centre last week – this time Lawrie was on the front end of a double steal with J.P. Arencibia. Why the Royals threw through to second base, I have no idea – that’s a mistake they won’t make again. Humberto Quintero tried to block the plate as Lawrie bore down on him, but instead of sliding around him, Lawrie slid right through him, pushing Quintero’s foot off the plate and clearing a path for himself. It’s the first time he’s ever stolen home as a professional.
Here’s this afternoon’s edition of The BlueJaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
The Blue Jays, 5-1 on the road so far this season, will bring their brooms to Kauffman Stadium along with their suitcases on Monday night, looking for the four-game sweep of a Royals squad that has lost ten in a row overall and is 0-9 at home. Brandon Morrow looks for his first win – he’s had two saves blown behind him – he’s up against former Blue Jays farmhand Bruce Chen. We’ll be on across the Blue Jays Radio Network starting at 7:30PM Eastern for an 8:10 first pitch, but on this very website and on Sportsnet590 The Fan, we’ll have a special extra pre-game show for you beginning at 7:00PM Eastern. In it, you’ll hear from Blue Jays’ third-base coach Brian Butterfield, to whom it is always a great pleasure to listen talk baseball, and we’ll also get up close and personal with Kelly Johnson. Join us, won’t you?
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