The Blue Jays would get the fans heart racing with another extra innings thriller, this time falling just short
In the final game of a three game set, with the Toronto Blue Jays looking to sweep the Orioles, while maintaining their spot in first place in the AL East. Aaron Sanchez took the mound against Chris Tillman in what most expected to be a pitchers duel.
Both Starting Pitchers didn’t disappoint, despite the Jays jumping in front in the top of the second. Russell Martin would rip a double to right center to get things started. After a Kevin Pillar single and Martin at third, Devon Travis would ground out and cash in the Blue Jays catcher. Blue Jays up 1-0.
Both pitchers would continue to dominate, all the way through to the seventh inning. The only blemish for either pitcher would be a solo shot off of Tillman by Troy Tulowitzki.
With the Blue Jays up 2-0 heading into the seventh. It looked like Aaron Sanchez was cruising to yet another victory. However, Sanchez would show that he was human, giving up 2 runs in the inning. After a lead off walk to Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo would double to left field, advancing Davis to third. A Pedro Alvarez ground out would bring in Davis for the first run, while also advancing Trumbo to third. A Matt Weiters sacrifice fly would score Trumbo for the second run of the inning. Sanchez would clean things up from there, the Jays and Orioles now deadlocked at 2.
Pitching would take back over again, as both bullpens would prove impossible to crack through 11. Joaquin Benoit, Roberto Osuna, Jason Grilli, and Brett Cecil posted the zeros for the Jays, while Darren O’Day, Brad Brach, Zach Britton and Mychal Givens would keep things rolling along for the O’s. Franklin Morales would break the scoreless streak for the relievers however in the top of the 12th.
After giving up a lead off walk on 4 pitches to Pedro Alvarez, Morales would then push Alvarez to second on a balk call. A Jonathan Schoop single to left would bring then Alvarez home without a throw. Morlaes would follow that by walking JJ Hardy, putting runners on first and second. This would also be the end of his afternoon.
Jesse Chavez would come in for Morales, serving up a meatball to Adam Jones. Adam Jones wouldn’t miss, cashing in with a 3 run home run putting the Orioles up 6-2. After a pair of strikeouts from Chavez to end the inning, and nothing from the Jays bats in the bottom, that’s how it would end.
PLAY OF THE GAME
There is nothing like a watching a no doubter explode off of a bat, and that’s exactly what we got to see in today’s play of the game. In the bottom of the fourth inning Troy Tulowitzki would demolish a 433 foot home run to left off of the front of the fifth deck.
Here's a GIF of Tulowitzki's long home run. Statcast says it traveled 433 feet and had a launch angle of 32 degrees. pic.twitter.com/eQpPp7WxzL
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Today’s JFtC game ball goes to Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez continues to make a decision to move him to the bullpen seem like a worse and worse idea. Sanchez rolled silencing the Orioles bats into the seventh, where he gave up the only two runs in his line. He’d give way to the pen in the eighth, finishing with a line of 7IP 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, and 3SO.
The turning point in today’s game would come in the top of the seventh. Aaron Sanchez was cruising and the Jays looked in control up 2-0. The Orioles however would muster up 2 runs against Sanchez, bring the O’s even with the Blue Jays 2-2. Doing so would allow the Orioles to hold on until they were able to solve the Jays pen for the win in the top of the 12th.
The Blue Jays will head out on the road to enter a 4 game series with the Houston Astros. Stroman is slated to take the mound for the Jays, while the Astros starter has yet to be determined. Keep your eyes glued to Jays From the Couch for our series preview that will provide an in depth breakdown of the pitching match-ups and players to watch.
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