Bichette's first career homer leads Blue Jays over KC

Gordon Brown
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Toronto (4) Baltimore (1) Final

Bo Bichette continued a strong start to his Major League career and added his first home run in a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. The Toronto Blue Jays swept their first series since April and won the season series 6-1.

The 21-year-old shortstop followed up 1-for-4 and 2-for-4 games, with a 3-for-5 performance that was highlighted by his solo homer in the eighth inning. His family and friends were in attendance to witness each of his early MLB milestones.

Jacob Waguespack (2-1) pitched six innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits. He surrendered a solo homer to Cam Gallagher in the third inning but remained steady from there on out.

Relief pitcher Daniel Hudson was traded mid-game during the third inning and left the bullpen to exit through Toronto’s dugout. The Jays received 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Kyle Johnston from the Washington Nationals, who owns a 9-9 record with a 4.03 ERA for Advanced-A Potomac of the Carolina League.

The Blue Jays tied the game with a sixth-inning single courtesy of Justin Smoak, which scored Cavan Biggio from first base. Smoak was among potential trade candidates but ultimately remained with the club.

Toronto opted to dress another speculated trade target Freddy Galvis and received a favourable performance to raise his stock. The 29-year-old infielder smacked a 415-foot solo home-run to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead. Despite his well-rounded baseball acumen, Galvis was not moved before the 4:00 p.m. EST deadline.

Bichette followed Galvis with a homer in the eighth before Teoscar Hernandez doubled to score Biggio and make it 4-1.

Kevin McCarthy loaded the bases versus Blue Jay hitters in the ninth but Hernandez stranded all baserunners after striking out to end the top of the inning. 

Joe Biagini was traded shortly after the game’s conclusion. The 2015 Rule-5 draft pick was acquired by the Houston Astros after pitching a scoreless eighth inning that included one strikeout. Former 2010 first-round compensation pick Aaron Sanchez also found out he was on his way to Houston in the deal, which saw left fielder Derek Fisher as the return for Toronto.

With the plethora of trades made today, the last remaining member of the fabled 2015 Toronto Blue Jays is Justin Smoak.

Toronto will travel to Baltimore with a new-look in their clubhouse for a 7:05 p.m. EST first pitch versus the Orioles at Oriole Park.