Toronto Blue Jays bullpen wasted a strong effort from Liriano, as the bullpen imploded to drop a tough one to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Blue Jays bullpen blew it third straight game tonight. A rough stretch at the wrong time of the season. On the bright side the starting rotation has been absolutely stellar this month, and have kept the team in every game.
Baltimore Orioles: 3 vs. Toronto Blue Jays: 2
WP: Duensing (1-0) LP: Osuna (3-3) SV: Tillman (47)
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Ezequiel Carrera got the game started off on the right foot by reaching base on a hustle play at first base. Chris Davis bobbled the throw from Tillman; however, the speed from Carrera helped cause the error. Zeke would advance to third thanks to an errant pick-off attempt from Chris Tillman, and score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion. His 127th and league leading RBI this season.
Troy Tulowitzki stroked his 20th double on the season, and third of the series, to the left field corner for the Blue Jays first hit of the game with one out in the second inning. After reaching third on a Michael Saunders, Tulo would be cashed in on a Kevin Pillar sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
After surrendering two singles to start the fourth inning, Francisco Liriano, proceeded to strikeout the side to keep the score at 2-0, and run his K total to six through four complete.
Liriano put together another excellent start for the Blue Jays rotation. His final line for the night 6.1 IP, 6H, BB & 10K are exactly what the team needed in this series, and down the stretch.
Carerra reached on a single in the third inning, but was thrown out attempting to steal second. Unfortunately, he had the base stolen, but came off the bag, only to be tagged out. It proved costly as Josh Donaldson drilled a double immediately after.
Grilli struggled with the long ball again tonight. After getting a ground ball for the second out, he allowed a Mark Trumbo to unload for his 46th round-tripper of the season, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Osuna struggled with closing out the game in the 9th. After getting the first out with a strikeout, he allowed a single to Jonathan Schoop before allowing a 2R home run to Hyun Soo Kim for a 3-2 Orioles lead.
NEWS & NOTES:
- Per Ben Nicholson-Smith Gibbons stated that Osuna would be available today, while a Biagini appearance would be unlikely.
- Devon Travis is still making progress with the sore shoulder, but not well enough for the lineup today. Gibbons gave a “We’ll see” response to when he may be available.
- The 10 K’s from Liriano tonight, combined with Sanchez’s 10 from last night, gave the Blue Jays their first starters to have 10+ strikeouts in back-to-back games since Morrow and Romero in 2011.
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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.