TORONTO – Dissatisfied with his batting average in the first half of the season, Toronto’s third hitter, Matt Chapman, made a slight change to his approach in his box. polishers in recent days.
The correction paid off on Friday with a three-hit night – including a trilogy – as the Blue Jays beat Kansas City 8-1 at the Rogers Center.
“I knew I was better than a .220 shooter so I was willing to make that change because the results weren’t there,” Chapman said.
Chapman said he started tinkering with things on a road trip last week. He is trying to use his foot more on the disc in an attempt to get the ball to all areas of the court.
His power numbers are solid with 15 homers and 45 RBIs and his current average is 0.226 with his 13th most hit game of the year.
“Great night for him tonight,” said John Schneider, manager of the Blue Jays. “We all know what he can do defensively and I think he’s really coming (in position).”
Teoscar Hernandez also hit a triple hit and Alek Manoah (10-4) threw seven strong innings as the Blue Jays won for the third time in four games.
Hernandez took the lead against the Royals’ Zack Greinke (3-6) in the third inning and Chapman broke things up with a header that knocked out Carlos Hernandez in the fifth inning.
Manoah allows four hits and one earn runs with six attacks. He dropped a domestic single to start the game and left the next 12 hitters in order.
“He was a beast,” said Schneider. “Ten wins tonight and he has a different set of equipment than the runner is in a scoring position when he gets stuck.”
Rescuers Trevor Richards and Anthony Banda worked a separate inning. Raimel Tapia also had three hits as Toronto beat Kansas City 16-5.
Toronto caught the break in the third inning when Bobby Witt Jr., kicked off a custom-made doubles ball. Hernandez cost the Royals by tying a mower about 416 feet high through the midfield wall in his 12th game of the year.
Kansas City (36-54) took the lead in the fifth inning after Ryan O’Hearn was hit and Nick Pratto sang the single for his first big hit. The runners came forward with success and Nicky Lopez brought O’Hearn home with a single.
In the final half, Chapman hit the 200-foot long shot from a distance of 399 feet into a foul on the left side of the field.
Royal is using a patchwork lineup of calls and rules for this four-game series. Ten players on a 26-man roster are on the restricted list because of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
Attendance was announced at 26,422 and the game took two hours and 48 minutes to play.
The Royals reinstated right-hander Josh Staumont from the injury list and recalled right-hander Carlos Hernandez from Triple-A Omaha before the game.
Left-hander Angel Zerpa, who won the series opener, is back at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
The Blue Jays have yet to complete their starting spot for Saturday’s game. The Royal Army will send left-handed player Daniel Lynch (3-7, 4.92) up the hill.
Jose Berrios (7-4, 5.38) will start for Toronto on Sunday in his final game before an all-star break. Left-handed player Kris Bubic (1-6, 6.63) for the Royal team.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on July 15, 2022.
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