Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians Game Report - July 22, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, July 22, 2019
Blue Jays (3) - Indians (7)
Photo Credit: @BlueJays
Oscar Mercado was one of six Cleveland players to smack an extra-base hit as the Indians took down the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Monday night.
Mercado’s sixth-inning triple drove Tyler Naquin home from second, after the outfielder led off the inning with a double to right field. The rookie’s second triple of the season was the Indians’ sixth extra-base hit of the evening, giving Cleveland a 5-3 lead.
The triple put the game out of reach after the Blue Jays drew to within one run after falling behind 4-1.
Mercado added a solo home run in the eighth inning for Cleveland (58-41) and finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Mike Clevinger (4-2) earned the victory on Monday, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings pitched.
Justin Smoak and Billy McKinney each hit a home run but were unable to help Toronto (38-64) open the series with a victory.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2-for-3, giving him three multi-hit games in his last four outings.
Ryan Borucki (0-1) lost his first start of the season, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings of work. The second-year starter was clearly rusty but managed to strike out three batters in the outing.
Star shortstop Francisco Lindor opened the scoring for Cleveland in the second, grounding a two-run single up the middle to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
After Smoak closed the deficit to 2-1, Jason Kipnis poked an RBI single to centre, giving Cleveland a 3-1 third inning lead.
Roberto Perez gave the Indians a 4-1 lead in the fifth, hitting a sharp line drive to the gap in right-centre field, chasing Borucki from the game and giving Cleveland a 4-1 lead.
McKinney hit a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the fifth, bringing the Jays within a run.
Toronto would get no closer as Mercado and Jose Ramirez would combine to drive in two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth to put Cleveland ahead 7-3.
The teams will play the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday night. Aaron Sanchez (3-14, 6.26 ERA) will look to snap his 10-game losing streak against Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer (9-7, 3.67 ERA).