•   
  •   
  •   

Sports Pujols powers Cards to snap Blue Jays' seven-game win streak

07:50  28 july  2022
07:50  28 july  2022 Source:   torontosun.com

Blue Jays soaking up the all-star boost as fuel for challenges ahead

  Blue Jays soaking up the all-star boost as fuel for challenges ahead LOS ANGELES — The early highlight of Alek Manoah’s all-star experience began bleary-eyed at breakfast mere hours after he landed in Southern California for his first taste of the celebration of the game’s best. While taking in his surroundings — and not trying to seem overly awestruck — the dynamic Blue Jays starter was approached by Justin Verlander, the Houston Astros great here for a ninth all-star game appearance. “He came up to me smiling While taking in his surroundings — and not trying to seem overly awestruck — the dynamic Blue Jays starter was approached by Justin Verlander, the Houston Astros great here for a ninth all-star game appearance.

Simply put, it wasn’t in the Cards for the Blue Jays on this night.

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Trevor Richards prepares for his next pitch as St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre in Toronto, July 27, 2022. © Provided by Toronto Sun Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Trevor Richards prepares for his next pitch as St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre in Toronto, July 27, 2022.

The evening belonged to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols when everything that could go right went right, which isn’t to say the Red Birds weren’t deserving of their 6-1 win because they were.

In simple terms, they were the better team and the Jays deserved their fate.

SIMMONS SUNDAY: Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah is his own kind of star

  SIMMONS SUNDAY: Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah is his own kind of star He couldn’t be more different — Alek Manoah from Dave Stieb, from the late Roy Halladay, from the greatest starting pitchers ever developed by the Blue Jays. Manoah oozes personality along with pitching poise. He wants the ball, the headlines, the show, everything that goes with being a major-league star. He has demonstrated that since arriving in Toronto a year ago, and he gave a peak to the rest of the baseball world on Tuesday night at the All-Star Game, pitching and broadcasting an inning, smiling his way through his three strikeouts, all at the very same time.

The Cardinals got to Jays starter Kevin Gausman, who couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning as he surrendered five runs on eight hits.

Toronto was outpitched, outhit and outplayed as its seven-game win streak came to an abrupt end.

The game’s decisive blow came off the bat of the 42-year-old Pujols, who became the oldest player to go deep at Rogers Centre when he went yard for a three-run blast in the fifth inning.

The Jays never led and at no point did it feel they would seize control.

St. Louis could have fashioned a more complete rout when it loaded the bases with none out in the eighth, but no runs would score to give the Jays some hope.

Whatever hope emerged would quickly evaporate.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright was stellar in keeping the Jays off balanced.

Springer's grand slam lifts Jays over Cardinals 10-3, Toronto wins seventh straight

  Springer's grand slam lifts Jays over Cardinals 10-3, Toronto wins seventh straight TORONTO — Working to a full count with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, George Springer knew he had done something right when he connected with Junior Fernandez's sinker. Springer assumed he'd at least get an RBI single out of the squared-up hit, but it sailed 414 feet for his seventh career grand slam, lifting the Blue Jays over the St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 on Tuesday and extending Toronto's win streak to seven. "I just knew it was atSpringer assumed he'd at least get an RBI single out of the squared-up hit, but it sailed 414 feet for his seventh career grand slam, lifting the Blue Jays over the St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 on Tuesday and extending Toronto's win streak to seven.

The righty went seven strong innings, striking out eight, yielding five hits and surrendering one run, while walking none.

As the baseball saying goes, good pitching often stymies a good offence.

Gausman didn’t have his best stuff and was replaced by Trevor Richards with runners at the corner and two outs in the fifth inning.

Up stepped Pujols, who sent a rocket into the Westjet Flight Deck to give the Cards a 6-1 lead.

The Jays had won nine of 10 entering the night, the lone loss produced at home against K.C. when Gausman started in a 3-1 Royals win.

TRADING PLACES

As next Tuesday’s 6 p.m. trade deadline approaches, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins admits any potential deal will come with a steep price.

At least for now it is a given, but there’s still time before the deadline expires when the price of doing business might be more reasonable.

“Right now, in order to move quickly, you’re probably going to pay a premium,” said Atkins, who held court with the media prior to Wednesday’s mini-series finale versus the Cards.

Success of Blue Jays’ platoon bats altering trade deadline approach

  Success of Blue Jays’ platoon bats altering trade deadline approach MLB’s trade season is fun for baseball fans, who get a chance to furiously speculate where their favourite players might end up or who their beloved teams might deal for as the Aug. 2 trade deadline approaches. As it turns out, players like to play arm-chair general manager, too. “All those conversations start to leak into the locker room, weight room, dugout, and stuff,” said Toronto Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling. “We're just saying, ‘WhatAs it turns out, players like to play arm-chair general manager, too.

Whether it’s adding a starter, providing the bullpen with a few arms or exploring all options to bring in a left-handed bat to complement the right-hitting heavy team, the to-do list seems obvious

“I feel like we are in a good position,’’ he added.

Atkins likes the team’s depth, but at the same time any move, and the Jays are expected to be active, will change the shape of the team, which seems pretty logical and obvious.

There’s been plenty of talk vis-a-vis adding a reliever with velo, but “if we could add more swing and miss that would be a positive,” Atkins added.

The GM confirmed that LHP Yusei Kikuchi will start Thursday’s series opener versus the Detroit Tigers, who will be in town for four games.

The Jays will hit the road following the Tigers series with stops in Tampa, Minneapolis and Baltimore.

There’s an off day Monday when Atkins and his staff can potentially do most of the heavy lifting prior to the deadline if a deal or two or perhaps even three makes sense.

By the sounds of it, it might go down to the final hour on Tuesday.

There’s speculation the return of Kikuchi may pave the way for the hard-thrower to pitch out of the bullpen.

Ducks sign No. 22 overall pick Nathan Gaucher to entry-level deal

  Ducks sign No. 22 overall pick Nathan Gaucher to entry-level deal Gaucher’s size, pro-ready playing style and overall polished game are what makes him an intriguing NHL prospect. While he may not have true top-of-the-lineup offensive upside, his addition to the Ducks’ prospect pool gives them an even more promising future down the middle, where they have two talented centers in Mason McTavish and Trevor Zegras already in the mix.With this entry-level deal signed, Gaucher will likely head to training camp and have the chance to make the Ducks’ opening-night roster.

The usual suspects, whether it’s Luis Castillo, Frankie Montas and Noah Syndergaard have been bandied about as potential starting pitching targets.

Bullpen arms such as David Robertson, Michael Fulmer and David Bednar, to name a few, have been making the rounds.

The Yankees are said to be in the market to acquire Castillo and Montas.

New York’s grip atop the AL East isn’t as strong as it once was, but the Bronx Bombers will be tough to supplant.

CHASING HISTORY

Pujols was once again feted by the Rogers Centre crowd when the future Hall of Famer came to the plate for his first at-bat.

The crowd rose as one and began to cheer Pujols, who was back starting at first base for the second night in a row.

Gausman recognized the moment and began to walk behind the mound knowing more cheers would descend on Pujols.

The roar intensified as Pujols stepped out of the box and removed his batting helmet as a sign of appreciation.

He stroked a single.

For Pujols, the hit was his 2,110th as a member of the Cardinals to tie him for fourth on the club’s career list with Rogers Hornsby.

Hornsby collected his 2,110 hits in 1,580 games with the Cardinals.

Pujols was appearing in his 1,762nd game for St. Louis Wednesday, which happened to be his final game in Toronto as he calls it a career following the season.

In his second at-bat Wednesday, Pujols hit a ball down the first-base line for a stand-up double.

The hit moved Pujols into sole possession of fourth place on the Cards’ career-list.

He got thrown out at the plate on a throw by Teoscar Hernandez.

His appearance Tuesday marked his 3,027th of his career as Pujols passed Stan Musial and Eddie Murray for sole possession of sixth place on MLB’s career-games played.

fzicarelli@postmedia.com

Blue Jays lose game to Twins, Springer and Mayza to injury .
MINNEAPOLIS – In one of his almost daily medical updates over the past three weeks, Blue Jays manager John Schneider hinted that George Springer can be his own worst enemy. The all star centre fielder only knows one speed, Schneider said, making throttling down to nurse an injury near impossible. Prior to Saturday’s 7-3 loss to the Twins here at Target Field, the Jays took any immediate future decisions out of Springer’s hands, placing the 32-year-old on the 10-day injured list with elbow inflammation.

usr: 0
This is interesting!