Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins Game Report - April 17, 2019

Jonathan Chan
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@JChan_811

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Blue Jays (1) - Twins (4)

Photo Credit: @BlueJays

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with two RBI as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on a rainy Wednesday night at Target Field.

Cruz hit an RBI single in the first inning to tie the game at one, then provided the insurance run in the bottom of the third with an RBI double to make it 3-1.

Marwin Gonzalez also had an RBI single for Minnesota (9-6) who will attempt to earn a split in the series on Thursday.

Jake Odorizzi (1-2) held the Blue Jays to just one run on six hits and one walk while striking out six over 5.2 innings.

Justin Smoak went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Toronto (7-12) who had its mini two-game winning streak snapped.

Trent Thornton (0-2) struggled for a second consecutive start, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.2 innings of work. He has now allowed nine runs in his last 7.2 innings. 

Odorizzi settled in and dominated after allowing a run in the first, striking out six batters over the first three innings.

Minnesota extended the lead to 3-1 in third, leading off the inning with a pair of doubles from Jorge Polanco and then Cruz. Thornton retired three of the next four batters to limit the damage, stranding two runners on base.

The Twins scored their fourth run in the fifth inning with Gonzalez’s RBI single.

The Toronto bats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after an hour-long rain delay, when Smoak drove in Freddy Galvis on a single to centre field.

Thornton could not maintain the rare first-inning lead, allowing an RBI single to Nelson Cruz and another RBI on a double play off the bat of Eddie Rosario. The rookie laboured through the first inning, giving up three hits and one walk on 37 pitches.  

The teams will play the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Clay Buchholz (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will pitch for the Jays, while Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.00 ERA) will take the mound for the Twins.