Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Sanchez Impresses in Jays Win

The Blue Jays Would Gain Another Game on the Orioles Getting a Big Win Behind Aaron Sanchez and Some Impressive Defense

Fresh off a loss, but series win over the Yankees, the Blue Jays entered their final home series of the year against the Baltimore Orioles.  Just one game up on the O’s in the wild card race and the Mariners and Tigers hot on their heels, the series has dramatic playoff implications.  The Jays would lead off with Aaron Sanchez in an attempt to start the series off on the right foot.  Sanchez would not disappoint, leading the Jays on to a convincing victory.

 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 1  VS  TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 5

WP: SANCHEZ (13-2) LP: GAUSMAN (8-11)

 

LINEUP:

HIGHLIGHTS:

Ezequiel Carrera slid into the leadoff spot tonight to fill in for the injured Devon Travis.  Zeke was fantastic sliding in, going an impressive 2 for 3 with a walk, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs.

The rest of the offense was also on their game, jumping on the Orioles for 5 runs.  This would include home runs from Josh Donaldson (his 37th of the year) as well as the hero of the day, Ezequiel Carrera.

Great defense was also on display for the Jays.  Included was a fantastic play from Troy Tulowitzki that would help limit the damage when the Orioles had two runners on in the second inning.  Manny Machado blasted a ball towards short but Tulowitzki made an amazing stab for the out.

Donaldson made a fantastic infield play as well in the top of the fourth.  Donaldson would range way to his right, make a rolling pick up, and fire the ball on to first to get Matt Wieters.

Pillar would also get into the action, making one of his amazing Superman catches off of Jonathan Schoop in the 8th.

Aaron Sanchez himself was a human highlight, dominating the Orioles through 6 innings.  Sanchez posted an impressive line of 5 H 1 R 1 ER and 3 BB.  What made it so impressive, was that Sanchez would strike out 10 along the way, rocking a tribute to Joes Fernandez on his hat.

Buck Showalter was ejected tonight as well, which is always a bonus.

LOWLIGHTS:

As a positive, it was another great game for the Jays where it was difficult to find some lowlights.  Nitpicking, Osuna allowed two singles to start off the ninth.  No damage would occur however, the Jays defense stepping up and turning a double play to end the game.

NEWS & NOTES:

  • Benoit will be out for an extended period of time with a torn calf.  Benoit injured the calf running out of the bullpen in the brawl last night.
  • Travis would also miss today’s game with an injury sustained in the scrap last night.  Travis re-injured his shoulder and is listed as day-to-day with the injury.
  • As a result of the injuries, the Blue Jays would recall pitcher Chris Smith and infielder Andy Burns.
  • Detroit would keep pace with the Jays and gain one game on the Orioles, destroying the Indians tonight 12-0

 *Featured Image Credit: Arturo Pardavila (Flickr) – 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.