The Blue Jays ride the right arm of Aaron Sanchez to a 5-3 victory, and their first series win in Colorado in franchise history.
The day after a long long long night at Coors Field, Toronto took the field once again against the Rockies in hopes of grabbing a W along with a series win. To help carry out the goal the Blue Jays sent the Aaron Sanchez to the mound, the Rockies countered with LHP Tyler Anderson.
The Blue Jays offense took little time getting things rolling despite the quick turnaround from last night and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning with a Junior Lake RBI double to right field to score Encarnacion.
Josh Donaldson would add to the lead in the 3rd inning with his 18th home run of the season.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 29, 2016
The potent middle of the lineup would strike quickly again in the 3rd with an Edwin Encarnacion double which was followed by an RBI single off the bat of Troy Tulowitzki to give the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead.
The Blue Jays would add a single run to push their lead to 4-1 in the 7th inning thanks in part to Encarnacion’s 30th RBI of the month. His sharp single to left field would score Devon Travis, who had singled earlier for his first hit of the afternoon.
Despite the offense putting together a solid afternoon the story of the game was Toronto’s starting pitching, Aaron Sanchez. The big right-hander was able to shake off a scary 2nd inning collision at first base to put together one of his most impressive starts of the season.
Ouch! Aaron Sanchez was left staggering for a bit after a collision at first base.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 29, 2016
Sanchez would work his way through the potent Rockies lineup for 8 strong innings by inducing 12 ground ball outs, while only surrendering a single earned run. His final line for the day would read 8 IP, 6H, ER, 2BB, 3K on 106 pitches. This is not only the performance the Blue Jays were looking for, it is one they desperately needed after the bullpen took a bit of a beating the last two nights.
The offense would add-on a much-needed insurance run in their half of the 9th inning. Michael Saunders, who would come in to pinch-hit with the bases loaded would take a fastball to the leg to push across the run to make it 5-1.
In true Coors Field fashion the Rockies would rally in the bottom of the 9th to make things interesting. After Roberto Osuna walked to Carlos Gonzalez to start the inning, Colorado would add three doubles off the bats of Mark Reynolds, Descalso, and Tony Wolters to get the game to 5-3 with runners at second and third. Osuna would put Charlie Blackmon on first with a 2-out HBP to load the bases before getting a strikeout to end the inning and game.
Not the finish they were looking for from their closer, however, a win, is a win, is a win.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Aaron Sanchez would escape some trouble in the 7th inning with the help of an excellent 4-6-3 double play. The combo of Travis and Tulowitzki made it look easy, but it was anything but.
That Travis to Tulo double play was hard core #SexyBaseball
— Jays From the Couch (@JaysFromCouch) June 29, 2016
The JFtC game ball goes to starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez. With his 8 solid innings of work the young pitcher delivered a much-needed start to the Blue Jays.
Today’s turning point came in the Blue Jays top half of the 9th when they pushed across their 5th run of the game. Despite winning by a final score of 5-3, the extra insurance run helped to cushion the landing for a struggling Osuna in the bottom half of the inning.
NEWS & NOTES
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reported today that Buffalo Bisons (Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate) will have four representatives in the International League All-Star game.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 29, 2016
Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion keeps adding to his hot month of June. With one more game to play this month, EE, could very well add to his season totals.
— Scott Carson (@caRSoN_Stats) June 29, 2016
The Blue Jays (43-37) will head home to Toronto to take on the American League Central divisions leaders, Cleveland Indians. The Indians are (46-30) coming into today on an 11-game winning streak, and have one of the best pitching staff in baseball. Be sure to check in with Jays From the Couch for an in-depth breakdown of the match-up.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.