Matt Chapman matches a franchise record, the Yusei Kikuchi Revenge Tour gets rolling, and more as the Blue Jays beat the Royals 4-1

With the exception of Kevin Gausman, Toronto’s starting pitchers were hit around in different capacities to start their respective seasons. Alek Manoah had one of the shorter outings of his career, Chris Bassitt didn’t stand a chance against the Cardinals, and Jose Berrios gave up eight runs to Kansas City. The last debut to happen was Yusei Kikuchi, the arguable MVP of the Blue Jays’ spring.

Kikuchi answered the call in a big way, as his performance was a key contributor to the Blue Jays securing a 4-1 win over Kansas City on Tuesday night. I’ll elaborate more on Kikuchi’s performance below, but this was clearly one of his best starts as a Blue Jay. Outstanding outfield defence, timely hitting, and superior bullpen work all worked in Toronto’s favour, as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak and evened this series up at one game apiece.
Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game: Yusei Kikuchi

Blue Jays win 4-1! They move their record to 2-3 now
Daulton Varsho with a homer, bunt single, hosed a runner
Yusei Kikuchi: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Matt Chapman with his fourth multi-hit game
Clips return tomorrow at 12:05 PM with the Buffalo Bisons. Yosver Zulueta starts
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) April 5, 2023

YuCy was exactly what the Jays needed tonight. Sure …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

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