Blue Jays vs. Giants Game Recap - May 14, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launched the first two home runs of his major league career to power the Toronto Blue Jays over the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Tuesday night.
The young phenom finished the game three-of-four with a walk, two home runs and four RBI. He displayed the hitting tools that have had scouts and fans salivating for weeks since his arrival to the Majors.
It was a night of firsts for more than just Guerrero Jr., as Trent Thornton recorded the first win of his career as well as the first hit and first run scored.
For the Giants, Pablo Sandoval provided all of the offence with his two-run home run early in the game. They were held to just five hits throughout the game.
This victory was just the third for the Blue Jays (17-24) in their last 11 games, as they begin a stretch of 16 straight days with a game scheduled.
San Francisco (17-24) opted to use the opener for the first time this season, and the strategy backfired miserably. Nick Vincent (0-2) needed 31 pitches to get out of the first inning, and he allowed three earned runs on four hits, the first of which being Guerrero Jr.’s first career home run.
Thornton (1-4) recovered from a shaky two-inning start in his last outing to record his first career major league win. He pitched five and 2/3rds innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. As has happened often this year, he ran into command trouble as he allowed five walks, but was able to avoid damage outside of one home run surrendered.
The Giants had been outscored 45-5 in the first inning this season before this game, and moving to the opener did not help right the ship.
After Guerrero Jr.’s home run, Freddy Galvis hit a double to score Randal Grichuk from first base, and Billy McKinney doubled home Galvis in the next at-bat to cap off the three run opening frame.
Sandoval provided the first counter-punch for the host Giants with a two-run home run in the third inning. His fifth home run of the season pulled the Giants to within one run.
After opener Vincent struggled to make it through the first inning, he was replaced by Tyler Beede to begin the second. Beede made it through two clean innings before running into trouble in the fourth.
Beede retired the first batter of the inning before allowing the next four batters to reach, including a single by Thornton, his first career hit, a single to Eric Sogard and walks to Guerrero Jr. and Justin Smoak to force home a run.
Trevor Gott retired the next two batters to escape the frame with only one run surrendered.
Guerrero Jr.’s coming out party continued in the top of the sixth inning, when he hit another laser beam home run to centre field, this time off new reliever Reyes Moronta. His second career home run scored Sogard and Thornton and pushed the Toronto lead to 7-2.
Kevin Pillar hit a double and came around to score in the bottom of the eighth when Mac Williamson hit a double two batters later, but it proved to be too little too late for the reeling Giants.
Ken Giles entered in the bottom of the ninth in a non-save situation to get some work as Toronto has been behind so often as of late. He closed the game to secure the win with a clean ninth inning,inckuding two strikeouts.
These teams meet again tomorrow to close out the mini two-game series, with Toronto sending newly acquired Edwin Jackson to the hill, and when they do he will tie the major league record for teams appeared for with the Blue Jays becoming his 14th team.
San Francisco is sending Shaun Anderson to the mound for his first career major league start.