Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins Game Report - May 6, 2019

Tom Stewart
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Monday, May 6, 2019

Blue Jays (0) - Twins (8) Final

Photo Credit: @BlueJays

Martin Perez strikes out nine Blue Jays over seven scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins shutout Toronto 8-0 at Rogers Centre.

Marcus Stroman (1-5) gave up a season-high five runs on eight hits, walked two and lasted only 4.2/3 innings in the loss. The 28-year old now boasts a 10.13 ERA across his two starts in May.

Perez (5-0) continued his great start to the 2019 season. He allowed just four baserunners in his seven innings of near flawless work.   

Jason Castro (4), Jorge Polanco (6), and Eddie Rosario (12) all hit home runs for Minnesota in the victory.

Polanco was 3-for-4 with a run, a double, an RBI and a walk. He increased his season batting average to .317 and is now posting a .998 OPS in 33 games this season.

The Blue Jays (15-20) extended a stretch of mediocre play Monday night, they have now dropped six of their last seven games.

Frustrations boiled over in the fifth inning when Charlie Montoyo was ejected for the first time as a big-league skipper. After a number of questionable strike calls by home plate umpire Adam Hamari the rookie manager confronted the veteran crew chief and was promptly booted from the contest.

The Twins (21-12) opened the scoring in the top half of the first inning. After allowing back-to-back singles and a failed pickoff attempt, Rosario was able to drive home Polanco from third to make it 1-0 early.

Minnesota extended their lead to 3-0 with a two-run home run off the bat of Castro in the top of the second. He took the first pitch of the at-bat deep and pushed their lead to three runs.

Home runs from Rosario and Polanco in the fifth and seventh innings respectively put the game out of reach for the Blue Jays and secured the blowout victory for the Twins.

The Blue Jays’ bats were silent on the night. As a team, they went 3-for-29 with 10 strikeouts. Freddy Galvis, Randal Grichuk and Rowdy Tellez were the only ones to reach base via a hit.

Toronto will look to bounce back tomorrow night in game two of the three-game set. Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.09 ERA) will face Twins ace Jose Berrios (5-1, 2.91 ERA), first pitch goes for 7:07 PM EST.