Sunday, December 04, 2022

Jays Top Twins on reverse call in 10th; Baldelli Evicted

Jays Top Twins on reverse call in 10th;  Baldelli Evicted

MINNE Associated PressOLIS ( Associated Press) — Cavan Bigio hit a sacrificial fly in the 10th inning and Whit Merrifield scored on a reversal call to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday and a four-game split the series.

Merrifield was originally called to the plate in an attempt to score a game-winning run, but the call was reversed after Twins catcher Gary Sanchez interfered with Merrifield.

“It’s one of the worst moments I think we’ve seen of umpiring in any sport I’ve ever been a part of in baseball, and I think it was pathetic that just got played,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli, who was kicked out for arguing the call, was the eighth time in his career he has been kicked out of a game and the third this season.

Replay officials ruled that Sanchez did not set up a clear lane for Merrifield, whose right foot collided with Sanchez’s left foot as he slammed into home plate. Out would have ended the innings.

“I had a feeling there was going to be a play at the plate,” Merrifield said. “Put my head down the first couple of steps, then looked up and tried to figure out how to get to home plate and saw Gary at home plate, then just tried to slide in, straight into him.” Well I could. I know what the rule is, it was just a matter of whether they were going to call it that.”

Sanchez argued that he left a path.

“He slides towards me. I’m just tagging him,” Sanchez said. “I had the ball first. I think the line was open for him to slide in. He did not. It was a clean game.”

Toronto finished two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top wild card in the American League. Minnesota’s lead in the AL Central was reduced to one game after Cleveland’s win.

After scoring two early runs, the Blue Jays blocked the Twins’ comeback of late. Jose Miranda, in Minnesota’s first run, scored an RBI single in the eighth inning, for his fourth consecutive game with at least one RBI. Luis Arrez leveled the game in ninth place with an RBI single.

Blue Jays starter Kevin Gossman played six unscored innings, including six hits and five striking ones. He has now bowled 14 unscored innings in his last two starts.

“He was out of the lights,” said Toronto manager John Schneider.

After missing a chance to save in the ninth inning, Jordan Romano (4-3) knocked out the Twins in the 10th with a 1-2-3 innings.

Minnesota starter Chris Archer played five innings and conceded two runs for four hits while scoring four. This was only the fourth time this season that Archer had played five innings at the start.

Back-to-back hits in the second and third innings scored early runs for Toronto. Teoscar Hernandez scored a single to open the second innings and a double by Bo Bichette. Bigio doubled to start the third innings and Lourdes Guriel Jr. took him out with an RBI single.

Caleb Thielber (2-1) finished 10th for the Twins and dropped Bigio Sack Fly.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr scored 1 for 4 to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games. This is the longest active hitting streak in Major League Baseball.

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Blue Jays: LHP Tim Myza was placed on a 15-day injured list with a dislocated right shoulder. Maiza was ruled out of Saturday’s game because of an injury after attempting to make a tag on a play at home plate and awkwardly landing on her shoulder. RHP Trent Thornton was recalled from Triple-A to replace Meza.

The Twins: RHP Emilio Pagan Day-to-Day is with what the team called Right Late Cramps. Pagan skipped Sunday’s game with a sixth-inning injury… “hoping” for Minnesota RHP Kenta Maeda to return in September, Baldelli said. Maida had Tommy John’s surgery in September 2021.


Blue Jays: LHP UC Kikuchi (4-5, 4.86 ERA) takes the mound against the Orioles in the first match of a three-match series in Baltimore on Monday. Kikuchi conceded two runs in four innings in his most recent debut against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Twins: Minnesota kicked off Monday before starting a two-match Interleague series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Tuesday.


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