Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers - Game Report - July 19, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, July 19, 2019
Blue Jays (12) - Tigers (1)
The Toronto Blue Jays scored four runs in the fourth and five in the sixth to crush the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Friday night.
The Jays batted around in the fourth frame, starting with a single from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
After drawing two walks off starter Jordan Zimmerman, Teoscar Hernandez, Eric Sogard, and Freddy Galvis knocked three consecutive singles to give the Jays a 6-0 lead, giving the Jays all the offence they would need.
Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs scored for Toronto (37-62) leading the team to a sorely needed bounce-back performance after losing five of seven games after the all-star break.
This was the fifth consecutive loss for Detroit (29-64) and 10th loss in their last 11 overall.
Marcus Stroman (6-10) was brilliant in the victory, spinning seven shut out innings, allowing just six hits while striking out five.
Zimmermann (0-7) took the loss Friday, allowing six runs on seven hits and four walks over 3.2 innings. He has now allowed 20 runs in his last 11 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 7.51.
Toronto opened the scoring in the first inning, capitalizing on a wild pitch from Zimmerman. After Sogard hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a groundout, a low-inside pitch snuck past catcher John Hicks, freeing the path for Sogard to score.
The Jays made the score 2-0 in the second, leading off the inning with two straight singles before Danny Jansen hit a sacrifice groundout to second, plating Toronto’s second run of the game.
The offensive onslaught continued in the sixth, blowing the game wide open for Toronto. Teoscar Hernandez led off the inning with a solo home run to make it 7-0.
A Galvis double and a single to centre field from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. gave the Jays an 8-0 lead with one out in the inning.
Guerrero Jr. made it 9-0 on his third hit of the night, smacking a single to left field, bringing Gurriel Jr. home from second base.
Danny Jansen ended the outburst with single to left field, driving home his second and third runs of the game to make the score 11-0.
The Jays scored their final run of the night in the seventh inning when Sogard scored his second run of the game off a Justin Smoak groundout.
The Tigers broke the shutout in the eighth inning when Gordon Beckham grounded into a fielder’s choice off reliever Sam Gaviglio to make the score 12-1.
Game two of the series will take place Saturday afternoon when Trent Thornton (3-7, 5.25 ERA) takes on former Blue Jay Daniel Norris (2-8, 5.14 ERA).