Toronto Blue Jays drop their third game in a row and first to the Red Sox following another bullpen disaster
Following a less than impressive last home series where the Jays dropped two of three, the Jays needed a solid series to close out the regular season. Marco Estrada would start the series and despite an impressive start, the Blue Jays bullpen would implode again. The result, a loss to start the series, and another game lost in the wild card race.
BOSTON RED SOX: 5 VS. TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 3
WP: ZIEGLER (4-6) LP: BIAGINI (4-3) SV: KIMBREL (31)
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Josh Donaldson would make a fabulous defensive play getting the first out in the bottom of the second.Donaldson would range to his left making a diving grab and firing a laser to get Xander Bogaerts at first.
— Alykhan K. Ravjiani (@AlykhanKR) October 1, 2016
Following over 20 innings of scoreless ball, the Jays offense finally put a couple on the board. Devon Travis lead off the inning with his 27th double, followed by a sneaky Ezequiel Carrera bunt single to put runners on first and third with none out. Donaldson continued the parade by scoring Travis with a sacrifice fly, getting the Jays on the board. Edwin Encarnacion flew out next, bringing up Jose Bautista with 2 out and Carrera still on base. Bautista took advantage of the situation, blasting a 2 run shot to left putting the Jays up 3-1.
Even though it was a short, hard-fought outing, Marco Estrada still pitched great, giving the Jays an opportunity for the win. Running a high pitch count following a 34 pitch first, Estrada exited after the fifth, but with a solid line of 4 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 4 SO.
The Blue Jays would put themselves behind the eight ball tonight as early as the first inning, After failing to cash in a Donaldson single and Bautista walk in the top of the first, the Red Sox would take the lead in the bottom. A David Ortiz single breaking a 0-10 mini-slump scored Mookie Betts, giving the Sox the early lead.
Despite a well pitched , shutout inning in the sixth, Biagini crumbled in the seventh. An Andrew Benintendi double, Dustin Pedroia single, and Mookie Betts single would score 2, tying the game up at 3. That would be it for Biagini, who would give way to Brett Cecil for a lefty on lefty matchup against David Ortiz. Cecil wouldn’t do any better giving up a 2 run bomb to Big Papi, putting the Red Sox up 5-3 late.
The Blue Jays offense continued to struggle, failing to cash in the ducks on the pond. The Blue Jays would go one for ten with runners in scoring position and leave 13 runners on base.
NEWS & NOTES:
- Baltimore and Detroit win tonight would put the Jays in a worse place in the wild card race. The Jays now a game back of the Orioles, also only lead the Tigers by a half a game.
- Dustin Pedroia would register his 200th hit tonight.
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