Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Jays Lose 6th Straight Home Opener

 

The Toronto Blue Jays would battle the Brewers in a close game to ring in a new year at Rogers Centre. Unfortunately, they would fall just short, losing 4-3.

 

 

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Following a very rough start to the season, the Blue Jays would return to Rogers for their home opener. Entering a two-game set with Milwaukee, the Blue Jays would look for some home cooking to set things right. JA Happ would be tasked to defend the home turf, while Wily Peralta would look to spoil the Jays party.

 

Blue Jays: 3 R 5 H 0 E

Brewers: 4 R 11 H 1 E

 

LINEUPS

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

JA Happ is actually going to make a double appearance in the recap tonight. His first spot is here in the highlights. Despite looking off, Happ was able to strike out 8, and walk none. Anytime a pitcher can put forward a K/BB ratio like that, something is going right.

 

Joe Smith had another great outing. Smith would come into the top of the 5th striking out Manny Pina and Orlando Arcia before popping out Jonathan Villar for a quick 1-2-3 inning.

 

Filling in for Josh Donaldson, Goins made sure to bring his A game defensively. This included an incredible play in the top of the seventh. On a chopper off the bat of Travis Shaw, Goins would range to his left and make a great throw to Smoak to get the out at first.

 

Kevin Pillar would continue to do Kevin Pillar things, making yet another incredible catch. This one would come in the top of the 8th preventing the leadoff runner from getting on behind Jason Grilli.

 

 

 

 

Troy Tulowitzki had an incredible game, single-handedly keeping the Jays in the game. Tulo was responsible for all 3 of the Jays runs with RBI’s in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th.

 

Roberto Osuna returned to the Blue Jays lineup and made it into the game in the top of the ninth. Osuna looked sharp getting the 3 outs tasked to him, and was hitting 97 on the gun. After all of the speculation on the drop in velocity in spring training, this is great news for the Jays pen.

 

LOWLIGHTS

 

Despite the excellent K/BB ratio noted in the highlights, JA Happ didn’t have an overall great game. Something just seemed to be off all night for the 20 game winner. Happ would only manage to go 4.1 innings allowing 9 hits, 2 home runs, and 4 earned runs.

 

In the bottom of the 6th, Ryan Goins came to the plate with 2 out with Kevin Pillar at first. After  Goins was able to get ahead 2-0, for some reason Kevin Pillar decided to take off. Pillar was thrown out at third not only ending the inning, but also taking away the hitter’s count to Goins, and sending him to lead off the 7th.

 

Russell Martin continued his slow start to the season not only going 0 for 4, but striking out three times and leaving 4 runners on base in the process. Martin has yet to record a hit this season.

 

Justin Smoak looked more like 2016 Justin Smoak than the one we’ve seen to start the season. Justin Smoak went 0 for 4, and struck out twice leaving a pair stranded.

 

This would prove to be the first time in Jays history that they opened a season 1-6.



NOTEWORTHY

 

After starting the season on the 10 day DL, Roberto Osuna would make his return to the active lineup just in time for the home opener. Casey Lawrence was sent down for the corresponding move.

 

 

 

Donaldson would take an extra day of rest, and would not be in the starting line-up. When asked if he was available to pinch hit, Gibby gave a very Gibby answer.

 

As it turns out, the bringer of rain was available, pinch-hitting for Ryan Goins in the bottom of the 9th.

 

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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.