Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins - Game Report - May 7, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Blue Jays (0) - Tigers (3)
Jose Berrios struck out five batters over seven shutout innings as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Tuesday’s Dollar Hot Dog Night at the Rogers Centre.
Mitch Garver went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI for Minnesota (22-12) who have outscored the Blue Jays 11-0 in the first two games of the series.
Garver gave the Twins some breathing room with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, taking Aaron Sanchez deep to push the Twins lead to 3-0.
Berrios (6-1) was nearly unhittable on Tuesday, scattering just four hits and not allowing a runner past first base until the seventh inning.
The Blue Jays put men on first and third in the ninth, but Taylor May shut the door, earning his fourth save of the season.
The tough start for Toronto (15-21) rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued, as the youngster went 1-for-4, and has just three hits in his last seven games.
Sanchez (3-3) pitched seven innings allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six. The 26-year old kept the team in the game but, as has been a problem all season, did not receive any run support from his offence.
Sanchez got himself into trouble in the top of the first, allowing two base hits and a two-out walk to load the bases before walking Marwin Gonzalez to give the Twins a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Jays’ starter settled in after his early struggles, holding the Twins to just the one run through five innings.
Game three of the series will take place Wednesday night, with the Blue Jays looking to avoid the sweep. Toronto will send Trent Thornton (0-3, 4.08 ERA) to the mound, while Minnesota will counter with veteran Kyle Gibson (2-1, 4.68 ERA).