Bo Bichette’s bat can’t carry the Blue Jays past the Mariners at end of road trip
|Toronto Star 25 Aug 2019 at 20:38|
The 21-year-old shortstop stayed hot during the Blue Jays six-game swing against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, hitting .407 with two doubles, three home runs, five RBIs and six runs scored.
His production alone couldn’t sway the results. Toronto was swept by the National League-leading Dodgers, with two of the losses coming in extra innings, before dropping two of three to the 56-75 Mariners.
Bichette scored Toronto’s lone run in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Seattle, cashed in by a Rowdy Tellez single in the sixth inning. He had two of the Jays’ five hits, his 15th multi-hit day in 26 big-league games.
But Toronto couldn’t find clutch hits in front of a pro-Jays crowd at T-Mobile Park, also known as Rogers Centre West. Toronto’s young squad went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the finale. They best chance at a late comeback came in the eighth when a Cavan Biggio walk proceeded a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. double with two outs, but Tellez couldn’t get it done a second time.
The 35-year-old, who posted a 6.57 ERA in his first five starts for Toronto earlier in the season, looked healthier than he has all year as he used 65 pitches to work six innings, giving up two runs on three hits. A solo homer by Dylan Moore and RBI double by Kyle Seager were all Seattle needed to guarantee the win.
Buchholz threw all five of his pitches — cutter, four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, curveball and change — in his return, with an uptick in velocity.
The right-hander’s return gives Toronto three starters for now — Buchholz joins righties Trent Thornton and Jacob Waguespack — after lefty Thomas Pannone and right-hander Sean Reid-Foley optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo following shaky outings over the course of the trip.
Giles, who welcomed second son Brayden Christian with his wife Estela earlier this week, pitched the bottom of the eighth for Toronto, retiring all three batters with a pair of strikeouts.