Thursday, April 18 1:10 P.M. Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Blue Jays will finish up their four-game series n Minnesota against the Twins on Thursday afternoon. Toronto has taken the first two from the Twins. The Blue Jays will send veteran Clay Buchholz to the mound to take on fellow veteran Michael Pineda.
Twins Come Up Short in Ninth
The Twins started out hot this season winning eight of their first 12 games. They have since lost two in a row to Toronto. Jorge Polanco got the scoring started when he hit a solo home run to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Kyle Gibson did not have a good outing as he lasted 5.1 innings allowing four runs. Eddie Rosario tied the game with one big swing of the bat in the sixth inning. Minnesota let the game get away in the seventh to make it two losses in a row. They put up one run in the ninth on a Marwin Gonzalez home runs but they could not squeeze anything else across. Gonzalez was 2-4 in the game but is hitting just .184 on the season.
LETS GO pic.twitter.com/JbdedcWGcl— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 16, 2019
Pineda is only 30 years old, but it seems like he has been around forever. He burst onto the scene in 2011 making 28 starts for the Mariners. No one saw him again until 2014 with the Yankees where he suffered ongoing injuries. He did not pitch in 2018 and is hoping to find a place to finish his career with the Twins. Pineda has made three starts so far. He is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He has struck out 15 batters in 15 innings. Pineda always had nasty, swing-and-miss stuff, but he could never stay off the injury list. Pineda is hoping to revive his career as a member of the Twins.
Hernandez Carries Jays to Win
Things are looking up in Toronto! Well, for another day at least. The Blue Jays won their second in a row improving their record to 7-11 on the young season. Their bats did not wake up until the sixth inning. Justin Smoak drove in two runs with a single. Rowdy Tellez and Alen Hanson followed with RBI-singles of their own. Their bullpen gave the lead away, but Teoscar Hernandez delivered a two RBI-single in the seventh which turned into the game winner. Toronto has not done what they hoped yet this season. The addition of Vlad Guerrero Jr. should improve their offense whenever management decides to call him up.
3 hits, 2 runs, 1 stolen base.— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 17, 2019
Everyone knows Buccholz from his long years in Boston. He spent 10 seasons as a member of the Red Sox. This is Buchholz’s third team in the last three seasons. He has made one start for the Jays so far. In that start, he went six innings giving up one run on six hits and striking out two. The key to that start was that he did not walk anyone in a 3-1 win over the Rays. Buchholz is a 34-year old veteran who knows all there is to know about Major League Baseball. He will succeed wherever he goes, the key for him is consistency.
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- Twins are 14-6 in their last 20 overall
- Twins are 37-18 in their last 55 home games
- Blue Jays are 5-13 in their last 18 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Blue Jays are 5-17 in their last 22 Thursday games
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- Blue Jays are 1-7 in their last 8 during game 4 of a series
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