Blue Jays ride three home-runs to victory on Wednesday

Gordon Brown
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Toronto (4) Tampa Bay (3) Final

The power of three home-runs was enough to lift the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Randal Grichuk, and newly acquired Derek Fisher each went deep to help deliver Toronto’s seventh win in their last 10 games.

Brock Stewart (1-0) made his Blue Jays debut in relief of starter Wilmer Font and tossed four scoreless innings to protect a narrow lead. The 27-year-old allowed just two hits and struck out three en route to his first victory of the season.

Tampa Bay (66-50) rallied back from a 4-0 deficit with homers from Avisail Garcia and Mike Zunino, respectively, but ultimately fell short. Zunino’s two-run shot made it 4-3 with only one out in the ninth inning.

Brendan McKay (2-2) pitched five innings, surrendering six hits and three earned runs for the Rays. The Pennsylvania native threw 69/93 of his pitches for strikes, while his eight strikeouts led all pitchers in the game.

Bo Bichette recorded a double for an eighth consecutive game to break the franchise record previously set by Carlos Delgado in 2000. The rookie has impressed at the plate in ten games since making his MLB debut and owns a batting average of .409 with four RBI and three home-runs to date.

Toronto’s (47-70) starter, Font, lasted 2.1 innings and posted five strikeouts before being removed from the game. He allowed just one hit, zero walks, and threw 28/41 of his pitches for strikes.

The Blue Jays jumped out to an early advantage but nearly let their lead slip away as the game progressed. Toronto managed to tilt the three-game series in their favour and leave Florida with a 2-1 record before returning to Rogers Centre for a four-game set with the New York Yankees.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. EST in Toronto on Thursday night.