BETTING À DAY
The Toronto Blue Jays completed their first term against the Orioles on Monday in Baltimore, taking the honors in both games of a doubleheader. They first triumphed by the mark of 7 to 3, in the afternoon, before doing it again in the evening, this time, thanks to a score of 8 to 4.
These gains put the only Canadian team in major league baseball 4.5 games behind their rivals of the day, who are trying to grab the last place among the teams drafted in the American.
Leading by only one point at the dawn of the ninth inning of the first game, John Schneider's men wanted to take the pressure off the shoulders of reliever Zach Pop – promoted from AAA level a few hours before the duel -, who was loaded to close the books.
George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette each hit a single run in the last inning. Pop then didn't allow any runners to hit the trails to end hostilities.
Kevin Gausman (11-9) was a man on the mound for six and two-thirds innings. He passed six batters in the mitt and allowed only two earned runs on seven hits.
Mike Baumann (1-3) lost his duel to eight batters in five innings, registering just two strikeouts.
Springer was his biggest offensive weapon, hitting three hits and producing that many runs. Bichette and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. followed suit in hitting from the safe.
Anthony Santander shone in the loss for the Orioles. He scored two solo long balls to bring his season total to 27.
The “Bo Show”
The second duel was entirely Bo Bichette's affair. The shortstop hit three homers and drove in five runs.
Bichette started his night's work in the third inning. He then welcomed pitcher Nick Vespi, who had just replaced Keegan Akin, by kicking one of his offerings out of bounds, while Jackie Bradley Jr. and George Springer were on the trails.
Bichette returned to the charge in the sixth, then in the seventh inning, this time hitting long balls solo.
On the mound, Jose Berrios (10-5) easily amassed his tenth victory of the campaign, allowing him three runs, but only two earned, on eight hits and two walks. He left his spot after six innings, having beaten two opponents during that time.
The Blue Jays and Orioles will continue this crucial four-game series on Tuesday.