Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays rally in ninth place to beat the Miami Marlins – NBC 6 South Florida
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took the victorious run on Joe Panik’s victim flight and crowned a three-run rally in the lower part of the ninth inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 win over the sliding Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
“If you want to be a winning team, everyone has to do their part,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. “(Panic) got away with the big hit, the big sack fly. It was great.”
Bo Bichette tied it off with a two-run triple, and Randal Grichuk hit two solo homers to help Toronto improve to 2-0 at their temporary Buffalo home this season.
“It felt good,” said Bichette. “It was a tough pitch and I could put the barrel on it.”
Panic threw a one-out-fly against reliever Yimi García (3: 4) in the continuous rain and made it safely when midfielder Starling Marte dropped the ball due to a mistake.
Reese McGuire and Marcus Semien started ninth with singles, 5-3 behind the Blue Jays, and Bichette both took a triple-right field. Guerrero and Teoscar Hernández were deliberately run to load the bases before Grichuk hit a force play and set the stage for panic.
“My command with my fastball didn’t work well,” said García. “It made things not happen the way I wanted them to.”
Bichette’s triple on the right field line followed a pair of foul balls to the right.
“I could see he stayed behind,” said Montoyo. “He’s really good there. His two-strike approach is outstanding. It was wonderful.”
Anthony Castro (1: 1) achieved an impeccable ninth place.
Corey Dickerson, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Jesús Aguilar and Marte played for Miami, which has lost five times in a row. Marlins starter Pablo López has peaked his career with nine strikeouts over four innings.
“It’s one of the ones that gives you the lead, you get to your right in the bullpen and you feel pretty good about it,” said Miami’s manager Don Mattingly, wanting to be able to pass the ball to your bullpen. “
Toronto rookie Alek Manoah, who is from Homestead, Florida, got into trouble against his home team, allowing three home runs in the first three innings and going to the bases in the fourth.
Manoah threw six shutout innings on his Major League debut last Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Against the Marlins, the 23-year-old right-hander allowed four hits and three walks while scoring five hits.
“I didn’t do the off-speed pitches the way I needed to,” said Manoah. “Even if I have a good trip, it’s a learning experience. You threw a few balls in the air today. This is baseball. “
López, who also had nine strikeouts against San Francisco on April 18, fanned seven out of eight batters simultaneously, with Grichuk’s second homer of the night interrupting the impressive series.
Dickerson opened the scoring with a single goal in the second inning, his second of the season. Chisholm struck with a two-run drive in the third, his sixth, to give Miami a 3-1 lead before Aguilar later fell low for his 10th of the year.
After Manoah ran two batter and hit another with a pitch with an out in the fourth, he was replaced by Joel Payamps, who fanned Chisholm and made Marte go to the bottom.
Grichuk hit his 11th homer before the fourth inning against López to make it 4-2. It was Grichuk’s tenth multi-home game in his career.
Marte hit his third homer in the seventh, giving Miami its first four-homer game since a double-headed final against Washington on September 18, 2020.
American League batting leader Guerrero tripled on his first at-bat but went 1 for 4 to bring his average down to 0.335. In the seventh inning, with two up and Toronto 5-2 behind, he roped a sharp line drive to right field only to be caught by Adam Duvall. Hernández then took up Chisholm’s mistake in the shortstop, whereby Semien scored from second place.
The Blue Jays are unable to play in Toronto for a second consecutive season due to Canadian health restrictions due to COVID-19.
Semien was voted AL Player of the Month after beating .368 with eight homers and 22 RBIs. His 1,130 OPS was the fourth highest in the league, and he led the majors in hits (42), extra-base hits (21) and total bases (80).
Semien became the first Blue Jays player to be named Player of the Month since Edwin Encarnacion in August 2015.
Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (right biceps), who may be removed from the injured list on Thursday, will be activated sometime during the upcoming weekend series in Pittsburgh. “There’s a plan, but we’re not going to take our hats off yet,” Mattingly said.
Blue Jays: RHP AJ Cole (neck tightness) was added to the 10-day IL retrospectively as of May 30, and was replaced by RHP Jeremy Beasley on the list.
The Marlins travel to Pittsburgh for a four-game series against the Pirates. The starter for the kick-off on Thursday had not yet been announced.
Toronto has a day off before hosting Houston in a 3-game weekend series. LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (5-2, 2.62 ERA) starts in the season opener on Friday.
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