Never doubt, eh?
In a game that seemed to go on all day, the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. It had a little bit of everything, including a controversial call at the top of the 10th episode that will be talked about over the next few days. It would be a good time for the Twitter umps to get their feedback out there. Let’s go ahead and break this down:
Whit Merrifield was the ghost runner at second and Santiago Espinal flied out to right-center, moving him to third. The next at-bat, Cavan Biggio lifted the ball into shallow left field. Merrifield tagged out and ran, but Tim Beckham’s throw shot Merrifield over the plate. It was close, but Merrifield’s lead leg ran straight into Twins catcher Gary Sanchez before touching home plate. When the pitch was called “out,” it was clear that Sanchez didn’t allow Merrifield a line drive. The judges reviewed it at the request of John Schneider and decided that Merrifield was safe.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, like the rest of the Twins crowd, was outraged. The team blew a chance to win the game, and as Dan Shulman pointed out on the broadcast, John Schneider would have been pissed if it had been the other way around. The Jays led 3-2, and Schneider gave Romano another chance to close it out. Romano retired from his side, and Jey escaped with the victory.
Gary Sanchez was called out to close the plate after a review and Rocco Baldelli was LIVID.
This continues as the winning run pic.twitter.com/jeHoVuBkcT
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 7, 2022
The explanation we got from MLB was that the replay officials felt that Sanchez’s movement into foul territory (ie the path of the runner) did not respond to the direction of the ball, meaning he didn’t need to do that to catch/be there for the ball. #Bluejays
— Dan Shulman (@DShulman_ESPN) August 7, 2022
*gasp* So how did we get there?
Kevin Gausman started this afternoon. Gausman’s last start against the Twins was back at Rogers Center in June, and it wasn’t exciting to say the least. The Jays’ defense didn’t help with some fielding mistakes, but the Twins held it to nine hits and five runs.
Today, Gausman rewrites the narrative. He put zeros on the board. He threw six innings giving up five hits, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts.
As good as Gausman was, this is the 2022 Blue Jays! Ymi Garcia gave up a run in the 8th, and Jordan Romano gave up a run in the 9th to end the game. Romano faced nine batters in two innings, adding to his streak. It was unbelievable how he gave up just one run.
Luis Arrez and Jorge Polanco continued their pain on the sidelines, going 5-for-10 between the two today, including Arrez’s game-tying home run in the 9th.
Bo Bichette went on a tear to start the month of August. Teoscar hit an RBI double in the second inning to score Hernandez in the 2nd inning. Bichette was 6-for-15 for the series, in which he moved to the 5-spot in the lineup. A prolific Bichette is exactly what the Jays need this year, so if his spot in the lineup serves him well, he should stay there.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added to the lead with an RBI single in the 3rd, but the Twins held the Jays the rest of the way through the 10th.
Considering the Yankees have been on a slide for the past few weeks and the Jays’ last two losses were both impossible to watch, it was a win the Jays needed. Tomorrow they’ll be looking to kick off their next series on the right foot as they face off against the Dirty Birds. Yusei Kikuchi closes in on Jordan Liles.
One final note: Getting close to the one who blew your rescue is a big step. Schneider deserves some credit for having that faith to send Romano back in the 10th.