TORONTO — When the season began, the Twins expected Jose Berrios to play a crucial inning in the middle of a playoff hunt this September.
They never would have expected it to be against them, a practically unfathomable thought in March when the Twins broke camp ready to defend their consecutive division title in Fort Myers, Florida.
Instead, prospects Austin Martin and Shimon Woods Richardson, who were acquired by the Twins while trading the Berios, are expected to be part of the Twins’ next competing teams. And Berios, he’s a vital part of the Blue Jays present, is trying to help them reach their wild card berths.
In his first start against his former team – Berios is expected to make another debut against the Twins this weekend – the former Twins All-Star threw 6 2/3 as the Blue Jays scored 5 at the Rogers Center on Sunday afternoon. Won -2.
As they have seen him commit so many offenses in the past, Berios got off to a decent start against his former teammates, conceding three off four hits while hitting six.
Former longtime teammate Byron Buxton – both drafted in 2012 – collected a double from Berios in his first at-bat and Nick Gordon drove in a pair of runs with a double in the fourth. Ben Rortvedt spelled the end of the day for the Berios by finishing seventh.
Berios received considerable run support from his new teammates, who placed him five in the first innings.
Luke Farrell, starting a bullpen game for the twins, knocks out George Springer to start the game. The next seven batsmen collected one hit – including a two-run home run by Bo Bichette – and scored five, before being able to record three outs.