Gabriel Moreno’s big game isn’t enough to overcome Yusei Kikuchi’s poor start, Blue Jays lose 6-5

On a day when the Blue Jays lost Hyun-Jin Ryu due to season-ending surgery, Yusei Kikuchi failed to show up yet again. Thank the baseball gods Ross Stripling has emerged as a reliable starter because the Jays are down to just three of five members of their opening day rotation that can be trusted.

Kikuchi struggled with his control early on and the Orioles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third. The Jays would tie the game at three in the fourth inning but never held a lead against the bottom dwellers of the American League East.
The game would end 6-5 Orioles after some clutch at bats from rookie catcher Gabriel Moreno brought it within one run. Orioles closer Jorge López continued his stellar season with a perfect five-out save to seal the win for Baltimore.
The Blue Jays fall to 36-25 on the season and just 5-3 over their last eight games against three of the weakest teams in the AL (Royals, Tigers, and Orioles).
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Gabriel Moreno has arrived. Before he even took the plate against Orioles starter Jordan Lyles, Moreno already had fans leaving their seats. After a one-out single in the second inning, Baltimore speedster Jorge Mateo tried to steal second on the young backstop but a perfect throw to …

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Author: Scott Ony / Blue Jays Nation

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