Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals Game Report - July 29, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, July 29, 2019
Blue Jays (7) - Royals (3)
Photo Credit: @BlueJays
Cavan Biggio hit the go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays’ young core commemorated their first game together with a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
In their first game of the post-Marcus Stroman era, the Blue Jays' dynamic second-generation cornerstones Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the newly recalled Bo Bichette played their first game together on the Major League roster.
Biggio made sure it was a game to remember, breaking a 3-3 tie to lead off the top of the eighth with his eighth home run of the season over the wall in right to give the Jays a 4-3 lead.
The Biggio-Randal Grichuk tandem continued their hot hitting at the top of the order and put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth inning. Following a one-out walk and a single, the Jays’ number one and two hitters hit back-to-back singles to push the lead to 6-3.
Justin Smoak put the exclamation mark on the outing, hitting a high bouncing groundball to third, allowing Biggio to score his third run of the game.
Biggio and Grichuk fueled the Blue Jays offence, driving in five of the seven runs while scoring six themselves.
Bichette went 1-for-4 in his Major League debut, bouncing a single to left field in his first at-bat.
Toronto (41-67) has now alternated wins and losses for the last seven games and will look to win two in a row for the first time in two weeks in the second game of the series tomorrow night.
Thomas Pannone (2-4) was solid in the no-decision giving up three runs on five hits and one walk over six innings of work. He struck out four in the quality start, his first of the season.
Chelsor Cuthbert had two hits and two RBI for Kansas City (40-68) who have now lost four of their last five games.
Brad Keller (7-10) took the loss on Monday, allowing four runs on eight hits and no walks over seven-plus innings pitched. Keller came out for the eighth but was pulled after allowing the Biggio home run and a triple to Grichuk.
The Royals collected their first hits of the night in the third inning and immediately took advantage.
Following a double by Cam Gallagher, star second baseman Whit Merrifield roped a single over the head of Biggio into centre field to make it 1-0.
The Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the fifth when Teoscar Hernandez blasted a 450-foot home run, his 15th of the season, into the water fountains in left field. It was his third home run in three nights and eighth in July.
Toronto took their first lead in the sixth inning. Following a lead-off single from Biggio, Grichuk smacked his 17th home run over the wall in left field to break the tie and give the Jays a 3-1 lead.
The lead would last less than an inning, as Pannone proceeded to give up a walk and a double before Chelsor Cuthbert hit a hot shot to third base that deflected off Guerrero Jr. and into left field. The single cashed in two runs, tying the game at 3-3.
The teams will play the second game of the series on Tuesday when Sean Reid-Foley (0-1, 3.55 ERA) makes his third start of the season for the Blue Jays. Mike Montgomery (1-3, 6.09 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals.