Blue Jays lose Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to a knee injury and fall to Seattle 4-3 on Saturday
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Guerrero was removed from the game in the second inning with left knee discomfort
The Toronto Blue Jays lost more than just the 4-3 decision to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. left the game due to left knee discomfort.
The rising star was removed in the second inning after making an awkward defensive play on a ground ball. The club said the third baseman will undergo further evaluation.
Guerrero was sidelined for over a month last year with a strained patellar tendon in the same knee.
Kyle Seager provided the go-ahead run for the Mariners, clubbing a solo home run off reliever Tim Mayza (1-2) to break the 3-3 tie with two outs in the eighth inning.
Seager went 1-for-4 for Seattle (51-73) who have won just four of their last 13 games.
Anthony Bass (2-4) pitched the seventh inning for the Mariners and earned the win on their scheduled bullpen day.
The Jays brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth but Bo Bichette was caught looking on a pitch that barely painted the outside corner.
Toronto (52-74) will look to regroup and earn the series win on Sunday. A win would make seven consecutive series that the Blue Jays have either won or split.
Trent Thronton (4-8) was erratic in the no-decision, allowing five hits and four walks over his six innings pitched. He did earn his second straight quality start, surrendering just three runs while striking out three.
Thornton narrowly avoided disaster in the second, needing 24 pitches to get out of the inning while issuing three walks and loading the bases on two separate occasions.
The rookie escaped with minimal damage, allowing just one run on a sacrifice fly from Broxton to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Jays responded in their half of the second, when Billy McKinney bounced a single to right field that brought Justin Smoak home from second, following the veteran first baseman’s two-out double earlier in the inning.
The Mariners seized a two-run lead in the fourth, thanks to a leadoff home run from Austin Nola and Broxton’s second sacrifice fly of the day.
Toronto would slowly chip away at the lead, once again on the power of their young stars.
Bichette continued the incredible start to his major league career, hitting his fifth home run of the season to left centre field to close the gap to 3-2.
Reese McGuire tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the seventh, clocking a frozen rope into the second deck in right field.
Toronto will look for the series win on Sunday when Wilmer Font (3-2, 4.40 ERA) will take on Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi (4-8, 5.56 ERA).