Even though the Kansas City Royals had to leave some of their big guns at home for their trip to Toronto, they outplayed the Blue Jays at Rogers Center by winning 3-1, Thursday night.
The visitors had 10 players amputated who could not take part in the series against the Jays since they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the ESPN network . On Twitter, the Missouri organization reported that several athletes, including heavy hitters Andrew Benintendi and Hunter Dozier, had been placed on the “restricted” player list.
Never mind, Kansas City made life difficult for Jays pitchers, including starter Kevin Gausman (6-7), by hitting 12 balls to safety. The first paying effort came from Edward Olivares in the fifth inning. It was taken out on the way to second base, but Nicky Lopez was able to cross the plate anyway.
Bobby Witt Jr. and Nate Eaton added the team's other points in fifth place of the Central Division of the American League by stretching the arms.
Matt Chapman, with his 14th long pitch of the season, was the Jays' lone scorer.
You have to give credit to the Royals' pitchers, who gave Toronto hitters only crumbs. Angel Zerpa (2-0) allowed me just four hits, including the Chapman homer, in five innings. Scott Barlow stifled the attack late in the game with his 16th save.
The two teams will face off again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A huge seventh sleeve
In St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Rays scored all their runs in the seventh inning to save themselves with a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Three consecutive batters drove in the of this paid turn at bat. Josh Lowe first broke the ice with a double that scored Jonathan Aranda. He was then pushed to the plate himself by Taylor Walls' single. Yandy Diaz added the icing on the cake with a second two-run single.
That offensive push ended Boston starter Kutter Crawford's game and reliever John Schreiber's game (2-1) , who added the loss to their record, allowing two runs.
The Red Sox came within a single run in the ninth inning thanks to a paying double from Alex Verdugo. Jalen Beeks, however, was able to close the books, with difficulty, having given up two hits and a walk during the final assault.
The victory, the first of his career in the major leagues, went to the record of Tommy Romero (1-0).