Since the start of July, no AL team has a better record than the Blue Jays. They’ve surged to the top spot in the AL East thanks to a 29-18 record since July 1. Only the Cubs (31-18) have a better record in baseball since that date.
Things were not going well for the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon though. Righty Marcus Stroman put his team in a 5-0 hole through four innings, but the offense picked him up and rallied against the Twins bullpen for an 8-7 win (box score).
The decisive blow came in the eighth inning, when Melvin Upton blooped what should have been a single to shallow right. Rookie sensation Max Kepler made an ill-advised dive though, which turned that single into a go-ahead Little League home run. Check it out:
Yikes. Missing on the dive was bad enough — gotta keep that ball in front of you with the tying run on second, Max — but then that little miscommunication between Kepler and center fielder Eddie Rosario only made it worse. It seemed like both waited for the other guy to get the ball.
The Little League homer turned a 7-6 deficit into an 8-7 lead for the Blue Jays. Hey, when you’re hot, you’re hot, and the Blue Jays have been red-hot for close to two months now.
Source: CBS Sports / WATCH: Blue Jays top Twins thanks to Melvin Upton’s Little League home run