Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: Will they Ever Win Again?

 

The Toronto Blue Jays continued their losing ways as the Orioles won 6-3. Here are the Highlights & Lowlights

 

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After a 1-8 start to the year, Toronto Blue Jays fans just wanted a win. It wouldn’t matter how it happened, but a we were all desperate for a win. Everything looked like we might get our wish. Aaron Sanchez started the game. Heck, even the law of averages suggested that this team couldn’t possibly extend their record to 1-9…could they? Turns out, they could.

 

Baltimore Orioles-  6 R,  9 H, 1 E
Toronto Blue Jays-  4 R, 8 H, 1 E

 

Lineups:

 

Highlights:

Kendrys Morales led off the 2nd inning with a bat shattering bloop single for the first hit of the night for the good guys. Troy Tulowitzki followed with a double down the LF line. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Justin Smoak jumped on the first pitch he saw and delivered a single to LF that scored Morales. The next batter, Darwin Barney hit what looked like a double play ball to Manny Machado, but the Gold Glover bobbled the transfer and everyone was safe, including Tulo scoring the go ahead run. That made it 2-1 Blue Jays.

 

In the 4th inning, Justin Smoak took the second pitch he saw on the evening and promptly deposited it over the LF bullpen for a solo job. That brought the score to 3-1. Smoak was not wasting any time at the plate this evening; 2 pitches, single and HR, 2 RBI. Batting from the right side of the plate, Smoak benefited from an aggressive approach.

 

In the bottom of the 9th, the Blue Jays were tasked with facing Zach Britton, down by 3. The struggling Russell Martin started the home half with a single up the middle. He would move to second on a steal (if you can call it that) and Devon Travis would plate him on a single to RF. It was Devon’s first hit in 30 at bats and it brought the score to 6-4.

 

Kevin Pillar followed with a single of his own, which put two on for Steve Pearce with the good guys down by 2. It was the noisiest the Rogers Centre had been all night. Pearce would work the count to 2-2 (2 out) and promptly strike out, ending all hope.

 

Lowlights:

In the first inning, Chris Davis doubled and went to third on a Jonathan Schoop ground out. With Hyun Soo Kim at the plate, Sanchez uncorked a wild pitch, which allowed Davis to score the game’s first run. It took Sanchez 25 pitches (18 strikes) to get through the first inning.

 

The 5th inning saw Sanchez surrender a leadoff solo shot to Schoop on a 92.7 mph 2 seamer that was left up in the zone. The drive to LCF brought the Orioles within a run, 3-2. Kim laced a double to RF to follow that before J.J. Hardy took a curveball to the LF seats to take the lead. Adam Jones would add a double to RF. In total, Sanchez gave up 3 runs in the 5th, which caused Dominic Leone to start warming in the ‘pen.

 

Sanchez would be left in the game and promptly surrender a solo HR to Chris Davis to allow the Orioles to take a 5-3 lead. Schoop would add a single before John Gibbons removed Sanchez from the game. When all was said and done, Sanchez’ line wasn’t great: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K, 3 HR- 93 pitches. He just did not have his usual sharp stuff in this contest. He left many offerings up when he was not missing the zone completely.

 

After a few innings of successful pitching from Leone, Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup, Jason Grilli came on in the top of the 9th and got 2 outs, but couldn’t get out of it without surrendering a home run to Seth Smith on the 4th slider of the at bat. That brought the score to 6-3 for the bad guys.

 

Noteworthy

The Blue Jays made a roster move before today’s game as they placed Josh Donaldson on the 10 DL in an attempt to figure out how to heal his ailing calf. They purchased the contract of Chris Coghlan, who they think can fill in multiple positions. As well, they removed Juan Graterol from the 40 man roster.

 

Home plate umpire, Dale Scott, was hit squarely in the face mask on a Mark Trumbo foul tip. He immediately went down and was visibly affected by the blow. EMS took him off the field on a stretcher. The obvious concern is a concussion, a conclusion to which his demeanor certainly would lead.

 

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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.