Minnesota Twins vs.Toronto Blue Jays@Rogers Centre(Fri.,Aug.26th,2016)
The Blue Jays’ offence was alive and well on a beautiful Friday night in downtown Toronto. The first place Jays won big with a 15-8 thumping of the visiting Minnesota Twins.
Francisco Liriano needing 102 pitches to get through five innings as he recorded his first win as a Blue Jay in his fourth start.
The newest member of the Jays starting rotation did an adequate job controlling the Twins offence and the veteran left-hander gave up only a pair of hits through his five-inning ordeal, but four walks, three of which came around to score, keeping things close for a little while before the Jays broke it wide open in the sixth and seventh innings.
Liriano also struck out seven, but the six base-runners led to four runs, three of them earned.
The bats, came alive sparked by reserves Justin Smoak and Darwin Barney.
Smoak, who got a rare start at first base to give Edwin Encarnacion a partial rest as the DH for the night, came into the game on an 0-for-29 skid with runners in scoring position and ended that streak immediately with a three-run homer off Twins starter and eventual loser Pat Dean to erase an early 1-0 lead by the Twins.
Smoak would add a fourth RBI in the third, driving in Melvin Upton Jr., with the Jays’ sixth run of the evening, and another in the seventh driving in Barney from second with another run-scoring single.
The red-hot Russell Martin continuing his torrid hitting of late with a bases-loaded double in the sixth and a two-run homer in the five-run seventh.
Josh Donaldson was key as well with a two-run homer in the five-run second, his 30th of the year and an RBI single.
It was announced just before Friday’s game that a trade would re-unite catcher Dioner Navarro with the Jays, Navarro has struggled with the White Sox who took double-A pitching prospect Colton Turner in exchange.
Navarro, a clubhouse and fan favourite in 2014 and ’15, will be a welcome addition, given his previous popularity here and is expected to join the team Monday in Baltimore.