After several close calls, the Blue Jays have finally won their first series of 2019. Thanks chiefly to some timely hitting and solid pitching, the team was able to beat out the Twins in a rainy and tightly fought four-game series.
With that, the Blue Jays have improved their record to 8-12, and now sit in third place of the American League East. Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from the team’s first battle with the Minnesota Twins:
Newly recalled infielder Eric Sogard (6-for-12, 3 RBI, 2 2B, .667 SLG) was on fire in his first series with the club, while Teoscar Hernandez (6-for-15, 6 RBI, BB, HR) and Justin Smoak (5-for-14, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 3 R) continued to contribute at their regular rates. Randal Grichuk had himself a great set as well, going 6-for-14, adding a home run, three walks, and four runs scored.
In the field, Hernandez was surprisingly solid with the glove and arm, while Freddy Galvis and Sogard looked smooth up the middle, despite the former’s oddly quiet offensive series.
On the mound, Matt Shoemaker (6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 SO) and Aaron Sanchez (6.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 5 SO, W) turned in decent outings once again, …
Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation