Toronto Blue Jays Game Report - July 23, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
The Toronto Blue Jays defeated Cleveland 2-1 in extra innings on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
Justin Smoak turned in two RBI to lead the Jays’ offence and effectively took down the visiting team with a tenth inning dagger.
Aaron Sanchez turned in five innings of work and allowed just five hits, while striking out six batters. Despite a solid performance, the 27-year-old was charged with his 11th consecutive loss of the season.
Francisco Lindor scored Boston’s lone run in the third inning off of Sanchez. His single deflected off of Cavan Biggio and allowed Greg Allen to score.
Trevor Bauer tossed seven innings of scoreless baseball and allowed just two hits on the night for the Tribe.
The Blue Jays had several chances to tie the game in the eighth inning to make for an interesting conclusion. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. nearly scored Teoscar Hernandez from first base, but hesitated as he rounded second base and was ultimately tagged out with the throw to home.
Smoak effectively sent the game to extra innings with a solo home-run in the bottom of the ninth. Cleveland pulled Brad Hand from the game as a result and replaced him with Adam Cimber on the mound.
Toronto rode the wave of momentum and took the opposition into the tenth inning still tied 1-apiece. The bottom of the inning saw Smoak come in the clutch with a single to score Eric Sogard for a walk-off win.