Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians Game Recap - April 5, 2019

Jonathan Chan
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Friday, April 5, 2019

Blue Jays (2) - Indians (3)

Photo Credit: @BlueJays

Carlos Santana hits the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Cleveland Indians walk off the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Friday night.

Freddy Galvis went 1-for-3 with two RBI for Toronto (3-6) who have lost two straight in Cleveland.

The Blue Jays bats were quiet again, recording just three hits in the game.

Santana’s walk-off home run was his first hit of the night and helped Cleveland (4-3) their second consecutive win, and third in their last four games.

With the game tied at two in the ninth, Santana blasted the homer to left field off Joe Biagini to end the game.

Trent Thornton (0-0) pitched well in his second career start, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings. With his performance, he set the Blue Jays record for most strikeouts through a pitcher's first two MLB starts, with 15. 

He passed the late, great Roy Halladay's record of 13, which he set in 1998. 

Shane Bieber (0-0) did not factor into the decision despite pitching six strong innings for the Indians, giving up just two hits while striking out nine.

The Blue Jays made some noise in the eighth inning starting with a leadoff double off the bat of Richard Urena, his third of the season. After an intentional walk to Teoscar Hernandez, newly acquired Alen Hanson had a chance to take the lead but Oliver Perez struck him out swinging.

Cleveland had a chance in their half of the eighth, when the injured Jose Ramirez entered the game as a pinch hitter. Ramirez, who finished third in MVP voting last season, walked on four pitches and promptly stole second base.

The steal needed to be reviewed, and Ramirez was called safe despite appearing to lose contact with the base. The decision was moot as Daniel Hudson was able to induce a strikeout and a groundout

Cleveland got to Thornton in the fifth, opening with a Hanley Ramirez single and finishing with a double off the bat of Max Moroff to even the game at 2-2.

Following a leadoff walk by Rowdy Tellez, Freddy Galvis gave Toronto a 2-1 lead, hitting a no-doubt homer to right field.

Kevin Plawecki opened the scoring in the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left field. Thornton missed his spot and the first hit he allowed was put into the seats.

Justin Smoak was originally in the Blue Jays lineup but was a late scratch with a neck strain. Billy McKinney replaced the first baseman in the lineup and served as the DH.

Socrates Brito hit leadoff in his first game with the Blue Jays since being acquired from San Diego.

The teams will go at it again on Saturday. Thomas Pannone will start for the Jays, while Carlos Carrasco will start for the Indians.