Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers Game Report - May 3, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Blue Jays (1) - Rangers (0) Final
Photo Credit: @BlueJays
Six Blue Jays pitchers combined for a 12-inning shutout as Toronto defeated the Texas Rangers 1-0 in extras Friday evening.
The first run of the ball game didn’t come until the top of the 12th inning when a bunt from Danny Jansen caused a wild throw to third base from Texas pitcher Ariel Jurado.
The throw soared over the head of third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and into the bleachers allowing Brandon Drury to score from second on the play.
Trent Thornton (0-3) was flawless for the Blue Jays in seven innings of work. The rookie starter threw 102 pitches, allowing no runs on one hit with two walks and five strikeouts.
Rangers starter Mike Minor (3-2) pitched eight scoreless innings in the no-decision. He scattered seven hits, two walks and nine strikeouts on 116 pitches.
Jays leadoff man Eric Sogard went 2-for-4 with a walk. He continued his hot start to the 2019 campaign increasing his batting average to a team-leading .380.
Joey Gallo was the only Texas hitter to find any success at the dish. He went 1-for-2 with two walks in the contest.
Ken Giles pitched a spotless 12th inning, collecting his eighth save of the season.
In the top of the eighth inning, a base hit from Randal Grichuk had a chance to score Freddy Galvis from second, but he was thrown out at the plate by the outfielder Gallo. Catcher Jeff Mathis applied the tag to end the inning.
The Rangers (14-16) were threatening in their half of the eighth with a runner on second of their own but reliever Joe Biagini was able to strike out pinch hitter Hunter Pence to end the threat.
Toronto (15-17) had a chance to open the scoring with runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Back-to-back hits from Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Drury put the game on reliever Chris Martin’s shoulders who was able to sit down Teoscar Hernandez for his third strikeout of the inning.
The Blue Jays implemented a four-outfielder approach in every one of Gallo’s at-bats on the evening. Teams have applied the shift on the Rangers left fielder in 98% percent of his plate appearances this season.
Toronto have yet to announce a starter for game two of the three-game series set for Saturday, but the Rangers will send right-hander Lance Lynn (3-2, 5.45 ERA) to the mound for the meeting.