MLB

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cleveland1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 7130
Toronto1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 281
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  W: S. Bieber (8-6)   L: K. Gausman (8-9)
10:37 AM PT11:37 AM MT12:37 PM CT1:37 PM ET13:37 ET17:37 GMT1:37 10:37 AM MST12:37 PM EST1:07 PM VEN21:37 UAE11:37 AM CT, August 14, 2022
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 41,002

Blue Jays look to get offense going in finale vs. Guardians

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Guardians at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Guardians took three of four meetings against the Blue Jays at home from May 5-8. Cleveland batted .289 in the series compared to Toronto's .208. The Guardians capitalized when it counted by hitting .304 with runners on, including .440 (11-for-25) with runners in scoring position.
  2. The Guardians have won five straight games, the third time Cleveland has won five straight this season (June 12-17 and July 14-23). The last time they won six straight was in September of 2020. Cleveland is 10-13 against the American League East this season.
  3. Steven Kwan is hitting .354 (46-for-130) with 23 runs scored over his last 31 games, with at least one hit in 28 of those 31 games. He is the only qualified rookie in the majors that is batting .300 or better this season.
  4. The Blue Jays have lost five of their last seven games, with three of the five losses in this stretch by one run. Toronto is 22-17 in one-run games this season -- its 39 total such games is third most in the majors behind Miami (43) and Seattle (41).
  5. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hitting .386 (32-for-83) during his career-high 20-game hit streak. The last Blue Jays player to have a 20-game hit streak was Edwin Encarnacion in 2015, when he hit in 26 straight. The team record is 28 by Shawn Green in 1999.
  6. Jose Berrios is 6-0 with a 3.23 ERA in 11 home starts compared to 2-4 with a 7.50 ERA in 11 starts on the road. The -4.27 ERA difference from home to road is the largest in the majors. He allowed six runs in 4.2 innings against the Guardians on May 5 this season in Cleveland.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2022 thru 8/14/2022

The Toronto Blue Jays have scored twice in two games, but they have a chance to take the three-game series from the visiting Cleveland Guardians on Sunday afternoon.

After Cleveland took the series opener 8-0 on Friday, Toronto bounced back on Saturday with a 2-1 victory that set up a rubber match on Sunday.

The Guardians already have clinched the season series between the teams after taking three of four from the Blue Jays in Cleveland from May 5-8.

The Blue Jays ended their three-game losing streak on Saturday while stopping the Guardians' season-best, six-game winning streak.

Toronto will start right-hander Kevin Gausman (8-8, 2.91 ERA) on Sunday. He is 3-3 with a 2.27 ERA in six career games (five starts) against Cleveland.

Right-hander Shane Bieber (7-6, 3.21 ERA) will be Cleveland's starting pitcher on Sunday. He is 2-1 with a 4.38 ERA in four career starts against Toronto.

Gausman earned an 8-3 win over Bieber in the first game of a doubleheader on May 7. Gausman allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings while Bieber gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Matt Chapman hit his 23rd home run of the season in the fifth inning on Saturday to tie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the Blue Jays' team lead with 23. Teoscar Hernandez hit his 17th homer in the seventh for what proved to be the game-winning run.

"You have to grind out your at-bats," Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said. "It sounds easy to say, but we have the ability to change the leverage of a game with one swing. It's going to take more than that, though. It's going to take consistent at-bats and getting on base. When that big blow comes, it's even better with guys on."

Guerrero went 1-for-4 with a double to extend his career-best hitting streak to 22 games. It is the longest active streak in the major leagues and the longest by a Blue Jay since Edwin Encarnacion's 26-gamer in 2015. Guerrero is batting .374 (34-for-91) during his streak with 10 doubles, three homers, and 12 RBIs. In the past five games, however, he is 5-for-22 (.227).

The Guardians have moved into first place in the American League Central with their recent surge, but their manager, Terry Francona, does not feel it is time for scoreboard-watching.

"What really matters is how we play," Francona said. "I tell guys in spring training, 'The guy you're in competition with, don't root against them, just take care of yourself and do the best you can.' Things usually have a way of working out better when you take care of your own stuff."

Bieber said, "As long as we don't get ahead of ourselves, I think we'll be in a good spot. It feels good knowing that no one in this locker room is surprised that we're in this position. Who knows about anybody else ... and it doesn't matter. We all feel good. We all feel confident. It's a good energy to feel just walking in here every day knowing that we're expecting to win."

Right-hander Ross Stripling (hip strain) could soon return to Toronto's rotation. He pitched five scoreless innings Friday in a rehabilitation outing with Triple-A Buffalo.

"We wanted him to face live hitters and get his pitch count back up to where it was," Schneider said.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 14, 2022


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