A late scratch of the Blue Jays’ scheduled starter led to a bullpen beatdown Tuesday night.
Left-hander Anthony Kay, expected to make what was likely his final start of the season, was removed from Toronto’s lineup card about two hours before the first pitch against the Baltimore Orioles because of back pain. Kay’s absence left the Jays scrambling for fresh arms after they had used 10 pitchers in a five-hour, 15-inning walkoff win Monday night … and Tuesday morning.
Couple that with a solid night from Orioles starter Dylan Bundy, who three-hit the Jays through seven innings Tuesday, and the result was about what you would expect: an 11-4 Baltimore win.
Thomas Pannone, who pitched a scoreless inning Monday, wasn’t as effective a day later, giving up three runs on four hits in the first innings. So the Jays turned to the three pitchers they didn’t use Monday — Elvis Luciano, Wilmer Font and Brock Stewert — getting mixed results.
Luciano pitched two innings of one-hit ball before handing the reins to Font. Font, who has been solid as Toronto’s opener, struggled in the fourth, giving up a pair of solo homers to former Jay Dwight Smith Jr. and catcher Austin Wynns to put the visitors up 5-1. Baltimore added another three runs off the Jays’ Stewart in the sixth, by way of a two-run homer from the Orioles’ D.J. Stewart and an RBI single by Trey Mancini, who produced a career-high five hits less than a week after a four-hit performance against Toronto.
Sam Gaviglio, up to 95 innings of relief this year, allowed three runs on as many hits in his second straight outing, while fellow right-handers Justin Shafer, Buddy Boshers and Ryan Tepera, who combined for 41/3 innings a night earlier, all had clean appearances.
“You got to give credit to all these guys that pitched (Monday),” Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “They were on fumes and they said, ‘No, we’ll take the ball.’ I think that’s awesome.”
At the plate: Derek Fisher’s solo home run to right field in the fourth inning was the 300th homer conceded by the Orioles pitching staff this season, a first in Major League Baseball. Bundy, who leads the team with 1612/3 innings, has given up 29 of those home runs, more than any other Baltimore pitcher … Shortstop Breyvia Valera, claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees on Friday, had an RBI single in his first start for the Jays … The Jays had as many hits in the ninth (three) as they did in the first eight innings and scored two late runs with a Reese McGuire double and singles from Brandon Drury and Rowdy Tellez.
In recovery: Jays left-fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. underwent successful surgery to remove his appendix in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, according to manager Charlie Montoyo. Gurriel was a late scratch on Monday night because of stomach pain, which eventually led to the surgery. He will miss the rest of the season … Montoyo wasn’t ready to say the same about Kay. “I’m going to find out in a minute,” he said after the game. “If (he is done for the year), I like what I saw. I saw a bulldog on the mound who pitches inside, throws 94, 95, good breaking pitches.”
Up next: Jays right-hander Jacob Waguespack (4-5, 4.75) against Orioles righty Gabriel Ynoa (1-9, 5.65), Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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