- The Detroit Tigers (41-62) were defeated 4-1 on Sunday by the team led by Berrios, who pitched another outstanding 7 innings with 7 strikeouts and just one run allowed on three hits.
- I’m more concerned about touching the bases, Chapman continued as he walked toward third base. Chapman then faced the bullpen as he turned.
Jose Berrios and Matt Chapman, two recent additions to the Toronto Blue Jays, are still having their most productive stretches with their new team as management looks to upgrade the squad before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
In Sunday’s 4-1 triumph over the weak-hitting Detroit Tigers (41-62), Berrios pitched another strong 7 innings with 7 strikeouts and only one run allowed on three hits. The Blue Jays (57-45) finished the game with a 45-45.
In the second inning, Chapman hit a two-run, two-out home run to get Toronto’s offense going. He reached base safely in 10 straight matches, going 16 for 33 (.485) with five home runs and 12 RBI. He also singled in the fourth inning.
“I have found something which is going to stay with me,” said Chapman after realizing he was sitting too tall and not using his legs sufficiently to keep his bat in the hitting zone for longer.
“With his approach at the plate,” the speaker said, “I’m a little smarter now.”
Chapman has 20 home runs on the year after being acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics in the middle of March.
“He’s made a minor change with simply trying to remain in his legs a little bit more,” said interim Blue Jays manager John Schneider.
He has meant a lot to the lineup because he has carried us. Ever since the (all-star) break, he has been on fire.
The Blue Jays bullpen is where Chapman hits the most of his home runs, and his colleagues who sit there have complained to Chapman about his lack of appreciation for them.
As Chapman approached third base, he added, “I’m more worried about touching the bases.” Chapman then turned to face the bullpen.
Since Schneider took over earlier this month, the Blue Jays have gone 11-3 and have taken three of four games from the Tigers.
Berrios (8-4) had his best month as a Blue Jay, recording six starts with three victories and three no-decisions. The Blue Jays have succeeded in 13 straight home matches with Berrios on the mound, tying the late Roy Halladay’s previous mark of 12 straight victories in 2007–08.
Schneider observed, “He was landing his curveball.” His fastball was being seen up. He was engaged, so things have merely continued as before. His last five or six starts have shown great consistency, and this was another.
In the series finale, Javier Baez, his brother-in-law, was the only guest to harm Berrios. The Detroit shortstop hit three foul balls down the left-field line in his first at-bat before settling for a walk in the subsequent nine-pitch at-bat.
Baez’s leadoff home drive to left-center field in the fourth inning cut Toronto’s lead to one run for Detroit.
Berrios, acquired from the Minnesota Twins at the last trade deadline, stated: “I contacted him and told him he got me.”
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette doubled to left field in the fifth inning for the Blue Jays, scoring two runs off Detroit starter Garrett Hill (1-3).
Thanks to the victory, the home team was in excellent spirits for their charter flight to Tampa Bay. The group organized a beach party at the residences of Florida neighbors Berrios and George Springer.
“Everyone will dress formally and wear beach attire. Fortunately, that matches most of my clothing, said Chapman, 29.
On Monday, a team golf outing was planned.
Source: Global News
Get Canada and Ontario’s top News, Market news, and other worldwide news only on Ontario Independent