Blue Jays erupt for 19-4 win over the Rangers
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Toronto (19) - Texas (4) Final
Brandon Drury blasted his first career grand slam as the Toronto Blue Jays erupted for a 19-4 victory over the middling Texas Rangers on Monday night.
The Jays (50-72) effortlessly made their way through the batting order and tallied 21 total hits versus opposing pitchers. Randal Grichuk and Justin Smoak each turned in four RBI, while Drury led the team with five in the offensive breakout.
Brock Stewart (2-1) pitched 5.1 innings and struck out three batters to earn the victory. The 27-year-old's second start as a Blue Jay was not reminiscent of his impressive debut five days prior, as he allowed three earned runs in the uninspiring performance.
Texas (59-59) fell to .500 following the forgettable loss despite launching three home-runs as a team. Nomar Mazara, Willie Calhoun, and Rougned Odor each left the yard but failed to bank many runs with solo shots
It was a dreadful day of pitching for the Rangers' staff, led by Ariel Jurado's (6-8) 11 hits and eight earned runs allowed across 3.2 innings. Not a single reliever managed to pitch beyond one inning against the opposition.
Toronto's talented rookie and newly anointed leadoff hitter, Bo Bichette, kickstarted the offence with a 4-for-6 performance at the plate, improving his already stellar average to .394 in 15 games. Bichette, 21, also became the first player to ever record at least 15 extra-base hits in their first 15 games.
Vladdy Guerrero Jr. continued his upward trend and went 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI. Fellow rookie Cavan Biggio also made a splash and produced two runs after going 2-for-5.
Despite a plethora of offensive contributions, the night was highlighted by Drury's fourth-inning grand slam to blow open the score 13-1. Toronto didn't look back and decimated the visiting team in convincing fashion.
The Rangers will be looking to redeem their lacklustre performance on Tuesday night as they return to Rogers Centre for the second of a three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. EST on what will be a highly anticipated Loonie Dogs Night.