Kikuchi makes rocky Rockies debut…Toronto also loses

September 3, 2023 0 Comments

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi got a taste of the spice of Coors Field. The team lost.

Toronto lost 7-8 to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday (July 3).

The loss dropped the series to 1-1, leaving the Jays with a record of 74-62. Colorado won 50 games and lost 85.

Kikuchi took the loss, allowing six runs (two earned) on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

As evidenced by the four unearned runs, he was unlucky. In the second and fourth innings, he allowed the leadoff hitter to reach on a fielder’s choice with two outs.토토사이트

In the second, Charlie Blackmon singled to left with two outs, and in the fourth, Ezequiel Tovar doubled to left field with runners on second and third.

In the fifth, he gave up back-to-back singles with two outs. The damage was compounded when reliever Yimi Garcia gave up a bases-loaded triple to Brenton Doyle off the right field fence with two outs.

The Toronto bats got off to a good start. They scored a bunch of runs in the first inning.

It was a combination of focus and luck. Wee Merrifield led off the inning with a single to right, and Alejandro Kirk’s errant throw rolled along the third base foul line for an infield single.

Ernie Clement followed with a hard hit ball in front of the pitcher, but he used his quick feet to make the catch at first base to keep his chances alive. Dalton Bashaw followed with an RBI single over the shortstop’s head. Santiago Espinal singled up the middle to load the bases. The score would have been higher if Colorado center fielder Doyle hadn’t made a quick decision to throw out Basho running for third base.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo home run in the second inning, but couldn’t add any more runs. In the fourth inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. threw cold water on a bases-loaded walk, and in the fifth, Alejandro Kirk joined the killing spree with the bases loaded.

In the top of the seventh, with runners on first and second and two outs, Kirk hit a hard line drive off reliever Gavin Hallowell, but it was caught by the center fielder in front of the fence.

In the bottom of the ninth, he rallied. With the bases loaded against Justin Lawrence, Davis Schneider led off with a triple to right-center field. He came home on a wild pitch.

Lawrence was later pulled after allowing back-to-back singles and a wild pitch. Spencer Horwitz came in to pinch-hit with the bases loaded, but couldn’t get past reliever Tyler Keanley.

Colorado starter Ty Blach settled down after the early blowout. He went six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, one home run, three walks and two strikeouts.

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