Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals - Game Report - June 29, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Blue Jays (7) - Royals (5)
Danny Jansen's dramatic home run in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the fans into a frenzy, as the Toronto Blue Jays walked off the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Saturday afternoon.
After Toronto failed to hold a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth, Jansen came up to bat with one out in the bottom half and ended the game with a no-doubter to left-centre field.
Daniel Hudson (5-2) blew his second save of the season after allowing the Royals to chip away in the ninth, eventually tying the game on an Alex Gordon sacrifice fly. However, thanks to Jansen's home run, Hudson was able to earn his fifth win of the season.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio each went 1-for-3 with a home run for Toronto (31-52) who have won two straight games after being swept by the Yankees in their previous series.
Marcus Stroman (5-9) left Saturday's game with a pectoral cramp in the fifth inning. The Blue Jays most consistent starter says he's not too worried about the injury and expects to make his next scheduled start.
Before he left the game, Stroman had allowed three runs in his four-plus innings of work, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out four.
Homer Bailey (7-6) got the start for the Royals and allowed five runs on five hits and four walks across five innings of work. The veteran did not factor into the decision.
Nicky Lopez wreaked havoc for Kansas City (28-55) going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, playing a part in three of the Royals' five runs.
Lopez got the offense started early for Kansas City, placing a bunt down the third base line that forced Stroman to hurry a wild throw to first base.
Whit Merrifield, who hit a leadoff double, scored from second following the error.
Lopez would later score on a single from Lucas Duda, putting the Royals up 2-0.
Guerrero Jr. would bring the Jays one run closer in the third, blasting his eighth home run of the season to left field.
Martin Maldonado would give Kansas City their cushion back one inning later, hitting a solo home run of his own to give the Royals their two-run lead back at 3-1.
Kansas would open up their biggest lead of the game in the fifth, when Hunter Dozier hit a double off reliever Sam Gaviglio to score Lopez, giving them a 4-1 lead.
Toronto would come right back in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases before Biggio cracked a home run just over the wall in centre-field. The rookie's first career grand slam gave the Jays a 5-4 lead.
The struggling Aaron Sanchez (3-10, 5.89 ERA) will look to give the Jays their third straight win on Sunday. The Royals will counter with right-hander Brad Keller (3-9, 4.32 ERA).