Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins Game Report - April 15, 2019

Tom Stewart
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@tstewartsports

Monday, April 15, 2019


Blue Jays (5) - Twins (3) Final

Photo Credit: @BlueJays 

Teoscar Hernandez went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins Monday evening.

Randal Grichuk also went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.

Matt Shoemaker (3-0) was pulled after six innings of work. The 32-year old scattered four hits and three earned runs with four walks and four strikeouts on 100 pitches. Shoemaker has now pitched into the sixth inning in each of his four starts with the Blue Jays.  

Twins first baseman C.J Cron went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, his second of the season, in a losing effort.

Martin Perez (1-0) was tremendous in his first start of the season for Minnesota. The veteran left-hander went six innings, allowing one run on seven hits, walking a pair and striking out five on 86 pitches.  

Joe Biagini secured his first save since the 2017 season, going three-up and three-down in a perfect ninth inning.

Monday was Jackie Robison appreciation day across Major League Baseball. To honour the legendary figure, every player in the big leagues wore the number 42.

Shoemaker was solid through his first three innings of work. The right-hander allowed just two baserunners and struck out two across that span.

The Blue Jays (6-11) opened the scoring in the top of the fourth with two on and no outs. Alen Hanson’s sac fly to right field scored Justin Smoak from third base. 1-0.

The Twins (8-5) answered in the bottom half of the inning Cron smacked a three-run home run into the second deck in left scoring Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario on the play. 3-1.

In the top of the sixth, Brandon Drury mistook ball three for ball four and began to walk to first base. The confusion left Hernandez a few feet off first base where he was tagged for the second out of the inning.

The Blue Jays had back-to-back hits to start the eighth inning, Freddy Galvis singled to start the frame, and Grichuk ripped his second double of the game high off the wall in centre field.

The third batter of the inning, Justin Smoak, hit an RBI single into left field scoring Galvis from third and bringing Toronto to within a run, 3-2.

Teoscar Hernandez hit his first home run of the season in style. A three-run moon shot to the second deck in left field scored Grichuk and Smoak and gave the Blue Jays the lead at 5-3. It was the fourth straight hit to start the eighth inning.

The Blue Jays and Twins will play the second of a four-game set tomorrow evening. Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to face Kyle Gibson (0-0, 7.71 ERA) from Target Field.