Lind’s two-run homerun in the first inning put the Jays up 3-0 while Arencibia’s two-run shot in the top of the 8th put an end to a resilient Royals comeback.
“It’s huge anytime you have a cushion over a one-run lead. That’s big,” Arencibia told the Associated Press
Arencibia’s offensive numbers continue to improve hitting just behind Lind in the Jays order and he’s currently considered one of the top rookies in the American League. His 31 RBI’s put him first among AL rookies and his 10 homeruns have him second in the AL to Los Angeles Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo.
Although Kyle Drabek picked up the victory improving to 4-4 on the season, it was far from a memorable performance for the 23-year-old who gave up five runs on nine hits while recording no strikeouts.
The shaky outing is not Drabek’s first. It was just under a week ago in his last start against the Cleveland Indians that the rookie-starting pitcher allowed four runs on just 0.2 innings pitched.
But after tonight’s win Jays’ manager John Farrell was looking for the positives in Drabek’s performance.
“I actually complimented him on continuing to grind through,” Farrell told the Toronto Star.
“Tonight he showed his competitiveness, and how he doesn’t back down from a challenge. He didn’t cave, even on a night when it was a struggle for him.
“He’s growing in steps. And yet along the way there’s going to be bumps that we live with (as we) continue to transition him and establish him at the major league level.”
After the Jays bats struggled in the 11-inning series opening loss to the Royals last night, their bats were having little trouble tonight, recording eight hits and five runs off Royals starter Vin Mazzaro in just five innings.
Aside from the homeruns from Lind and Arencibia, Jason Nix hit 2-4 including an RBI and Mike McCoy doubled, scoring Nix in the 5th inning.
The Jays now sit 3.5 games back of the American League East division leading New York Yankees. Game three of the series goes Wednesday night.