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Behind Yusei Kikuchi, the Blue Jays go to Series Victory vs. Brewers

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When Milwaukee Brewers hosts the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Corbin Burnes aims to continue his dominance of his American League opponents.

Burnes (5-4, 2.31 ERA) put together a good resume in interleague play, 6-1 and 1.14 ERA in 10 starts.

The only defeat occurred on April 3, 2021 when a right-handed player allowed the Minnesota Twins a one-time run in 6 1/3 innings. Since then, he has been allowed only four runs with six quality starts.

But the Blue Jays are another beast, and Burns hasn't conquered yet. Saturday marks his first career matchup vs. Toronto, and the attack wasn't suppressed by the Friday night series opener.

The Blue Jays scored 13 hits to pass Milwaukee 9-4. Toronto recorded 5 runs thanks to 3 runs double from Matt Chapman, so the job was done in just two times.

All five runs are out of starter Adrian Houser, who suffered the eighth defeat of the season.

"He missed in the middle of the plate, and when you did, they hit some balls hard," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "It was a big inning and I played against a pretty tough pitcher."

The tough pitcher was Alekmanoa, who surrendered only two runs in five hits until the 62/3 inning. Yusei Kikuchi (2-3, 4.94) tries to recreate the powerful performance of Manoa when he first collided with Milwaukee in his career.

Kikuchi hasn't won since May 16th. The southpaw recorded six innings with that win, but since then he hasn't pitched more than five innings on each of the last six starts.

"He just needs to throw a strike," said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. "After all, it's throwing a strike, and with someone who has what he has, that's all. Because he has a good one, and when he throws a strike , He kicks people out. "

An attack tasked with supporting Kikuchi may not have one of Alejandro Kirk's hottest batters who ended Friday's match with a left bruise. there is. Kirk won 4-4, 7-14 (.500) in Toronto's current six-game journey.

He received a negative X-ray, but he is still listed on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, Brewers try to keep Kikuchi on his rut, and they may be able to do so on Willy Adames' shoulders.

The Blue Jays were once a familiar enemy to Adams, who spent four seasons at AL East when he was in Tampa Bay.

He entered the contest on Saturday with an average batting average of .327 against Toronto, scoring 6 home runs and 24 RBIs in 45 games. However, he was restrained on Friday and struck out to win 0-5.

– Field-level media