Toronto Blue Jays Fail to Sweep Padres In Series Finale

After last nights barn burner, the Blue Jays were unable to carry the momentum off of the win, dropping today’s match up against the Padres

 

 

Today the Toronto Blue Jays would take the field in an attempt to sweep a very rare series against the The San Diego Padres.  On short rest, R.A. Dickey,  would shoulder the load in place of Marco Estrada against Padres rookie Luis Perdomo.  The Blue Jays offense looked to take advantage of pitcher who owned a sky high 6.93 ERA entering the game. The young Rule 5 pick’s ERA is a little misleading, as he’s pitched better of late after a rough start to the season.

 

San Diego who would open the scoring after a scoreless first two innings, with first baseman Brett Wallace leading off the third with a HBP.  The Padres would continue their home run streak (now at 25 games) as Adam Rosales would slap a 2 run shot to left center to take the early lead.  Perdomo would pitch a shut down 3rd, and the Blue Jays would head into the 4th down 2-0.

 

 

The runs wouldn’t stop there for the Padres, who would continue rolling (with a little help from the Jays) in the top of the fourth.  After popping out Matt Kemp and striking out Alex Dickerson, RA Dickey would walk Ryan SchimpfChristian Bethancourt would then drive a ball to right center field for what looked like what would be a stand up double.  Kevin Pillar however would bobble and drop the pickup (shouldn’t have had that popcorn between innings….) allowing Schimpf to score and Bethancourt advance to third.  The play wasn’t done there with the comedy of errors continuing as Josh Donaldson was unable to wrangle in the wild throw to third from Devon Travis allowing Bethancourt to score himself as well.  After yet another 1-2-3 inning from Perdomo, the Jays would now go into the 5th down 4-0.

 

 

The bad afternoon for the Jays wasn’t over yet, as Brett Wallace would then lead off the 5th with a 369 foot paint scraper to put his team up 5-0.  The Jays would however show a little bit of fight back in the bottom of the fifth, getting one run back on a little bit of small ball.  Devon Travis would walk, then get moved over and scored on a wild pitch, fielder’s choice, and sacrifice fly from Ezequiel Carrera.

 

The Padres would take the run (and more) right back in the sixth however as yet another Dickey walk would lead to a run on a Christian Bethancourt double.  At this point Dickey would exit the game giving way to Joe Biagini, and leaving him Bethancourt on second to deal with.  The Padres would tack on another run on a soft fly ball just over Barney’s head into left field (a BABIP monster special), allowing Bethancourt to score, the Padres now up 7-1.  RA Dickey would leave with a rather unimpressive line of 5.2 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, and 5 SO.

 

Things were looking dark for the hometown heroes, but you can never count out this Blue Jays offense.  The bats would finally wake up against Perdomo in the bottom of the sixth.  After a pair of quick outs against Bautista and Donaldson, a walk to Edwin Encarnacion would get everything started.  In his second game as a Blue Jay, Melvin Upton Jr. would then slap a ball into right field bringing up Kevin Pillar.  Pillar would take full advantage of the situation doubling on a line drive to center that would score both Encarnacion and Upton Jr.  Then, back to back singles from Devon Travis would score Kevin Pillar, leading to the Jays closing out the inning now down by only 3.

 

Unfortunately for the Jays that was all that they would be able to muster up off of the Padres pen, allowing them to take the final game of the series.  Of note however, after trading zeroes in the seventh, Alex Dickerson would hit a home run for his fourth straight game in a row to give the Padres a little more cushion.  His home run would be the final run scored, the game going down in the books as an 8-4 loss for the Jays.

 

 

PLAY OF THE GAME

 

In the top of the sixth with one out and a runner on first Ryan Schimpf would chop a slow roller past RA Dickey leaving a tough for for third baseman Josh Donaldson.  The reigning MVP and king of the bare hand would scoop the ball and make a flawless throw to first to get the out.

 

 

GAME BALL

 

Today’s game ball goes to Christian Bethancourt.  While impressively going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI for the Padres, he would also be second on his team in WPA with an impressive .174.

 

TURNING POINT

 

With the Jays only down two to a rookie pitcher with a poor ERA, they still looked like they were in a good position to come back and take the game.  In the top of the fourth however, Christian Bethancourt’s slo-pitch beer league home run would tack on another two runs, putting the Padres up by four.  The Padres wouldn’t give the lead back for the remainder of the game, cruising on to victory.

 

NEWS & NOTES

 

Last night during the 12th inning the Blue Jays would complete a trade with the Mariners acquiring right hander Joaquin Benoit for Drew Storen and cash.  Read more on Jays from the couch here.

Benoit would get into the game to make his Blue Jays debut putting up a clean inning in the top of the ninth.  He looked exactly as his stat line would represent him this year walking 2, but also striking out two in the process.

 

NEXT GAME

 

The Blue Jays will go into an off day tomorrow before opening up what should be a phenomenal series against the Baltimore Orioles.  After being replaced by RA Dickey today to get an extra pair of days off, Marco Estrada will take the mound. Who Baltimore will respond with has yet to be determined.  First pitch is set for 7:07 EST.  For more details, keep your eyes glued to Jays From the Couch for an upcoming series preview.

 

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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.