Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals

Kristopher Nichols
April 19, 2018

"That's big for him because he does everything great behind the plate, and now he's not only getting hits, he's getting big hits", Gibbons said. In his career, Happ is 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA and 27 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Former Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins, who was signed in the offseason by the Royals, was given an ovation when he entered the first game in the bottom of the seventh, his first appearance at the Rogers Centre as an opposing player.

In the previous doubleheaders at the stadium formerly known as Skydome, Toronto swept the Los Angeles Angels on July 17, 1989, and the Cleveland Indians on October 5, 2001.

"Perhaps this potential postponement is karma, because the Blue Jays have done a lot of bragging about having a roof, particularly after having games postponed in Cleveland", Grathoff wrote a couple of hours before the team confirmed that Monday's game was a no-go.

The game was postponed for safety reasons.

The wins bring the Blue Jays to 11-5 on the young season, already a much better start than they had previous year when they started the campaign 8-17 in the opening month.

Tyler Clippard (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for his 50th career win.

Things will be back to normal for tomorrow's game, the first of a four-game series against the New York Yankees.

The Royals scored once in the second after loading the bases on three singles. With Brad Keller on in relief of Grimm, Maile singled home a pair of runs. Steve Pearce went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI and Devon Travis added a pinch-hit RBI of his own. The 27-year-old has seven RBI through his first five games of the season and dating back to last season has gone 15-for-40 over his last 13 games with six doubles and nine RBIs.

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"I've only got 300 or so at-bats in the big leagues, so I don't have a ton of experience with it", Maile said. "I didn't change (anything.) Just trying to get good pitches to hit".

Don't get me wrong, the things I'm pointing out aren't exactly complaints, and I'm not going to sit here and lament an 11-5 start.

The Royals tied it on Alcides Escobar's homer in the eighth, his first this season.

In the 10th, Maile singled to shallow right, driving in Kevin Pillar for the final score. He plunked Lucas Duda to force in a run in the first.

Jamie Garcia (2-0) earned the win, allowing three earned runs on eight hits over five innings, while fanning five and walking one.

Making his first start of the season, Joe Biagini allowed three runs on six hits, striking out four, in 5 2/3 innings.

The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after dropping both parts of their doubleheader, pushing their losing streak to seven games after an 11-3 loss in game one and a 5-4 extra innings loss in game two.

Pitching on eight days rest, Garcia admitted he struggled Tuesday afternoon.

"It wasn't my best stuff, and I really wasn't sharp at all", he said.

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