Photo Credit: Al Case

Blue Jays Count Runs Instead of Sheep In Late Night Offensive Victory

After an extensive rain delay, the Toronto Blue Jays out slugged the Colorado Rockies 14-9 in a late and soggy run fest

 

 

After losing their second game in a row and falling out of a wild card spot, the Blue Jays would look to bounce back after a late game collapse the night before.  The Jays would send south paw J.A. Happ to the mound to face not only the Colorado bats, but the park with the highest run factor in the league.  On the other side of the ball the Blue Jays offense would get their first ever look at Rockies RHP Eddie Butler (only Darwin Barney had faced him in the past, and only for a total of 4 at bats).  After a near three hour rain delay, and a little bit of raw sewage, the game would finally get underway at 11:20 pm ET.

 

Colorado would get on the board first in the bottom of the first as a direct result of the BABIP monster rearing its ugly head.  Charlie Blackmon would reach to lead off on a weak blooper, and Christhian Adames would follow up doing the exact same.  After advancing on a sacrifice fly, Blackmon would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single.  Happ would limit the damage with a great grab in left from Saunders and a strikeout to end the inning, but it would take him 31 pitches to do so.  The Jays definitely had put themselves behind the eight ball, as the Rockies held an impressive 12-3  record when leading after the first inning.

 

After trading zeros in the second, the Jays would strike back in the top of the third.  A lead off single by Kevin Pillar would get things going, followed by an excellently executed bunt by Happ, and an Ezequiel Carrera walk.  Devon Travis would stay hot by sending a sharp ground ball to right and scoring Pillar to tie the game at 1.  Josh Donaldson and Michael Saunders fly outs would end the inning without further damage however.

 

Colorado wouldn’t stay out of the lead for long though, striking back immediately in the bottom of the third.  An Adames lead off walk would put Happ into the stretch right away.  Nolan Arenado would smack a double right behind Adames (his 11th straight game with a hit) bringing Carlos Gonzalez up to bat with both men on.  Cargo would make no mistake absolutely launching a 427 foot home run for his 1000th hit in a Rockies uniform.  Happ retired the next three batters, the Jays going into the fourth down 4-1. If you were still awake, you probably thought about changing that decision.

 

The parade of runs would continue in the top of the fourth as Troy Tulowitzki would destroy a lead off 454 foot home run into left field to bring the Jays within two.

 

The rally would continue from there as Russell Martin would single right behind Tulo.  After a Pillar strikeout, Happ was up again to lay down another sacrifice bunt.  This time Happ wouldn’t get down as good of a bunt, leaving a play for Eddie Butler to get the lead runner at second.  Butler would throw the ball away however, advancing Martin to third, and leaving Happ safe at first.  Carrera would then single off of Butler scoring Martin and bringing the Jays to within 1.  Carrera was the last batter that Butler would see, as the Rockies would bring in Yohan Flande to try to stop the bleeding.  Flande, however wouldn’t fair much better as Travis singled off of him immediately to load the bases, only to be followed by a bases clearing triple by Josh Donaldson.  Flande continued to struggle booting a weak grounder off of Saunders allowing Donaldson to score.  After that Flande would somehow find a way to get out of the inning without further damage, but the Blue Jays were now leading 7 -4.

 

The run-fest would continue with the Rockies getting a run back in the bottom of the fourth on a Blackmon single, only to give that run right back by the Jays in the top of the 5th on Zeke double.  After a quiet bottom of the fifth the Jays would continue to pile on in the sixth with RBI’s from Russell Martin (scoring Edwin Encarnacion) and Kevin Pillar (scoring Michael Saunders and Russell Martin) building their lead up to 11-5.  It wouldn’t stop there either as Saunders would score Ezequiel Carerra on a sacrifice fly in the top of 7th to take a 12-5 lead.

 

Refusing to go down without a fight the Rockies would continue to put at bats together and score another four runs of their own in the bottom.   After a lead off double from Arenado, the first run would come on a Carlos Gonzalez RBI single.  Trevor Story and Mark Reynolds would ground out after, advancing Carlos Gonzalez to third in the process. The Jays would then have a chance to get out of the inning on a Hundley grounder to short but an Edwin Encarnacion error would extend the inning and allow Carlos Gonzalez to score.  Blackmon would score two more on a line drive single, bringing the Rockies back within three.  The Blue Jays offense refused to let up as well, keeping their foot on the gas scoring again in the top of the 8th on a Devon Travis RBI single to go up 13-9.  The Jays would score again in the top of the 9th as well to go up 14-9.

 

PLAY OF THE GAME

With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 4th and the Jays down by one, the reigning MVP would be called upon to come through for the Jays.  He would not disappoint with a devastating triple to right.

 

 

GAME BALL

In a game full of great offensive performances, Russell Martin had himself an excellent day at the plate.  Russell went 3 for 5 with a walk, 3 runs, and an RBI on the night.

 

TURNING POINT

The Jays were down 4-1 going into the fourth and weren’t showing any signs of their explosive offense, until Tulo fired things up.  His home run started off a 6 run inning with a bang that would prove to spark the Jays offense to lead them towards a high scoring victory.

 

 

 

NEWS & NOTES

Today the line-ups were released for the futures game, and unfortunately only one Blue Jay would get the call.

 

 

Our own Catherine Stem took an in depth look at Francisco Rios earlier in the year as a part of her fantastic Fringe of Forty series here.

 

 

NEXT GAME

Toronto will wrap up the series after a short snooze tomorrow afternoon in Denver. The Blue Jays will send Aaron Sanchez to the mound to go toe to toe with LHP Tyler Anderson. Check out our series preview here for a much more detailed look into the match-up.

 

 

 

*Featured Image Credit: Al Case UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

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A group benefits consultant by day, Dustin is sports fanatic who loves talking sports more than anything. A self-glossed stats geek, he loves diving into the numbers behind the game. A proud father of 2 amazing kids, Dustin was born in Calgary, and now lives in Morinville.

Dustin Reddon

A group benefits consultant by day, Dustin is sports fanatic who loves talking sports more than anything. A self-glossed stats geek, he loves diving into the numbers behind the game. A proud father of 2 amazing kids, Dustin was born in Calgary, and now lives in Morinville.