Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals Game Report - July 1, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, July 1, 2019
Blue Jays (11) - Royals (4)
Back-to-back home runs ignited a five-run second inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-4 on Canada Day.
Already up 2-0 going into the second, the Blue Jays bats decided to put the game away early.
Teoscar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis opened the inning with back-to-back solo home runs, giving Toronto a 4-0 lead.
The Jays would go on to score three more runs with two outs in the inning.
After a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walk, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Cavan Biggio would smack consecutive doubles to make the score 6-0.
Randal Grichuk would finish off the inning with a single to left field that scored Biggio, bringing the score to 7-0.
There was an opportunity to extend the lead even further with Rowdy Tellez due up, but Grichuk was thrown out trying to extend his single to a double.
Grichuk finished the afternoon 4-for-5 with four RBI singles, giving the 29, 339 fans in attendance something to celebrate on a beautiful day at Rogers Centre.
Toronto (32-53) was able to take three of four games from the Royals, earning their second series win in their last three.
Clayton Richard (1-4) earned his first win of the season, tossing his second consecutive quality start, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four over six innings.
It was the first time this season that Richard had completed six innings in consecutive games.
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Kansas City (29-56) who will begin a three-game series with Cleveland on Tuesday.
Glenn Sparkman (2-4) took the loss on Monday, allowing eight runs on nine hits over three tough innings.
The Jays got the holiday crowd into the game early with back to back hits from Eric Sogard and Guerrero Jr. Both runners would be driven home by a Biggio groundout and Grichuk single to give the Jays the early lead.
Galvis would continue the onslaught in the third inning, crushing his second home run of the game and 14th of the season to centre field for an 8-0 lead.
The Royals would score three runs in the fourth inning, cashing in on three consecutive RBI singles from Jorge Soler, Chelsor Cuthbert, and Humberto Arteaga to make it 8-3.
That was as close as Kansas City would get as the Biggio-Grichuk tandem would strike once again, hitting back to back RBI singles to give Toronto a 10-4 lead.
Grichuk would finish off the day with his fourth and final RBI single in the sixth to make it an 11-3 game.
Toronto will open a three-game series with the Red Sox on Tuesday when former Blue Jay David Price (5-2, 3.36 ERA) takes on rookie Trent Thornton (2-5, 4.60 ERA).