Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Vargas earns 11th win as Royals top Blue Jays 3-2

Kansas City's Whit Merrifield is mobbed by teammates after driving in the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth in the Royals' 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna reveals struggles with anxiety off the field
Isaac Mcdaniel | 25 June, 2017, 02:27

Staked to a 4-1 lead with two out in the bottom of the ninth, even that wasn't even enough as the Royals scored four runs, the capper being a ripped shot to left field from Whit Merrifield to score a pair for the final two runs.

Blue Jays starting pitcher and Peru native J.A. Happ throws a pitch during Friday night's game in Kansas City. Ryan Tepera began the ninth inning after finishing off the eighth, but he was pulled after giving up an RBI single to Alcides Escobar. Joakim Soria (4-2) gave up two runs in the ninth.

But, geez, the Blue Jays skipper must feel like emitting a boohoo or two over the incessant injuries and DL bouts that have befallen his club in 2017: 290 man-games on the disabled list for players on the 25 man-roster, and the season hasn't even reached its midpoint yet.

Blue Jays: RHP Francisco Liriano, who is 3-3 with a 5.76 ERA, will make his 12th start. Next entered struggling reliever Jason Grilli, who allowed a walk-off two-run double to second baseman Whit Merrifield.

Merrifield and Perez were the only two Royals to have two hits. The Blue Jays challenged the call, but after a two-minute, 16-second delay umpire Joe West's safe call was not over turned. "I had confidence before the game, felt good, so I was just about attacking hitters, getting ahead and letting my defense play behind me". Troy Tulowitzki doubles to deep right center field. "I went to college with him".

Note: The Tigers released Francisco Rodriguez, one day after the 35-year-old reliever allowed a grand slam to Robinson Cano in his latest rough outing.

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Coming into Friday night, Toronto's left fielder Dwight Smith Jr., had played a total of 10 games in the big leagues. Jose Bautista and Russell Martin singled with two outs in the third, but Junis struck out Donaldson to end the inning. Josh Donaldson to third. Marco Estrada will take the hill in game two and is 4-5 with a 4.98 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season.

Jorge Bonifacio doubled to end the bid a perfection, but Happ went right back to work. Brandon Moss walks. Salvador Perez to third.

Kansas City eventually got to Happ in the seventh. The Royals chased Happ in the seventh, which Lorenzo Cain led off with a double.

The win gets the Royals to the.500 mark at 36-36 for the first time since they were 7-7.

Inconsistency and a sub-.500 record haven't done much for the Blue Jays' odds of winning the American League pennant. "I don't think we pay attention to come-from-behind or whether we get out to a lead earlier or whatever".

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