Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles (Game Report - June 11, 2019)
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Blue Jays (2) - Orioles (4) Final
Photo Credit: @BlueJays
The Baltimore Orioles double up the Toronto Blue Jays in a battle of rookie starting pitchers with a 4-2 victory in Tuesday evening’s series opener at Camden Yards.
Trent Thornton (1-5) was steady in his five innings of work. The rookie right-hander surrendered three runs, scattering seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in the loss.
Eric Sogard hit his sixth home run of the season in the first at-bat of the ballgame. The veteran infielder went 2-for-4 driving in his 16th RBI. He’s now hitting a respectable .280 in his first season in Toronto.
John Means (6-4) was outstanding in his 11th start of the year. The 26-year old lefty tossed 106 pitches through just five innings but allowed just one run on four hits while striking out seven Blue Jay hitters.
Anthony Santander continued his streak of good play since being recalled from AAA Norfolk. He increased his average through five games to .389 by going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Toronto hitters struck out 13 times in the ballgame, including four from catcher Danny Jansen. The only Toronto batters without a K on the evening were Justin Smoak and Randal Grichuk.
The Blue Jays (23-43) offense was jump-started by Sogard in the very first plate appearance of the contest. He took the 2-1 offering from Means deep over the wall in right field to give Toronto the early 1-0 lead.
After striking out Jonathon Villar to start to the bottom half of the third, Thornton surrendered four straight hits, including two doubles off the bat of Trey Mancini and Chance Sisco. The two-baggers each drove in a run to give Baltimore the 2-1 edge.
The Orioles (21-45) offense struck again in the fourth inning. After sitting down the first two hitters of the frame Thornton again gave up back-to-back doubles, this time to Villar and Santander pushing the lead to 3-1.
Grichuk made things interesting in the top half of the eighth inning when he doubled home Lourdes Gurriel Jr. all the way from first. However, in the bottom half of the turn Villar ripped a double to centrefield which scored Stevie Wilkerson and put the game out of reach, 4-2.
Mychal Givens picked up his sixth save in his tenth opportunity this season in the victory.
Game two of the three-game set is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:05 PM EST. The Blue Jays will send veteran Edwin Jackson (0-4, 11.90 ERA) to the hill, the Orioles will counter with righty David Hess (1-8, 7.08 ERA).