Blue Jays can't come up with big hits in loss to Royals

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is tended to after being hit by a pitch against the...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is tended to after being hit by a pitch against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas, April 30, 2014. (DENNY MEDLEY/USA Today)

Ken Fidlin, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

KANSAS CITY - This Toronto Blue Jays outfit just can’t seem to get out of its own way.

If they’re not giving away big leads, they’re refusing to take advantage when teams like the Kansas City Royals try their best to return the favour.

Wednesday night, the Jays squandered an excellent pitching performance by Drew Hutchison because they were unable to deliver big hits with men on base. At crunch time, it was Royals’ shortstop Alcides Escobar with the decisive hit, a two-out , two-run seventh inning double that snapped a 2-2 tie and sent Kansas City to a 4-2 victory.

On this night, for once, it wasn’t the bullpen that let the team down. But the offence couldn’t take advantage of opportunities provided by the Kansas City pitching staff as the Jays left 11 men on base, including eight after they had managed to tie the game up at two runs apiece with a pair in the sixth inning.

Toronto would eventually leave two runners on base in the sixth, two more in the seventh, left the bases loaded in the eighth and added one more stranded runner for good measure in the ninth.


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