The Toronto Blue Jays lost another game 11-2, but appear to have lost more than that as J.A. Happ leaves game with elbow soreness.
The Toronto Blue Jays entered play on Sunday riding the high of their second win of the season, which came in dramatic walkoff fashion. It was certainly an entertaining way to get back in the win column. Despite the win, the club’s struggles were still on display Saturday. They turned to J.A. Happ to face the Orioles and hoped that they could get the bats going against Dylan Bundy. Yeah…about that…
Baltimore Orioles: 11 R, 15 H, 0 E
Toronto Blue Jays: 4 R, 12 H, 3 E
It was a frustrating game, for everyone:
"But, you guys made it to the ALCS the last two years!!!" pic.twitter.com/RFzGaU9jlG
— Jays From the Couch (@JaysFromCouch) April 16, 2017
— Laura Armstrong (@lauraarmy) April 16, 2017
J.A. Happ had his own mojo working early. He was mixing in his offerings effectively, his change up working off that fastball. he needed 45 pitches to get through the third inning, which was a great example of how Happ was working in this contest.
That inning, Happ surrendered a single up the middle to Craig Gentry. Adam Jones came up and hit the ball to Chris Coghlan at third with Gentry running, Coghlan really on had one play, which he botched. His throw to Morales at first was high and Jones was safe. But, Happ took it upon himself to shit that threat down. He got Manny Machado to line out and struck out Mark Trumbo. Happ was in control through three innings.
The Blue Jays showed some signs of life in the bottom of the 7th when Troy Tulowitzki singled to CF and Russell Martin narrowly missed his first home run of the season to RF. The opposite field shot hit the very top of the wall and put runners on first and third with no one out. After a Steve Pearce strike out, Chris Coghlan sent a sac fly to CF, which scored Tulo for the Blue Jays first run of the game. Ryan Goins followed with an opposite field double which put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 out. Kevin Pillar struck out on a check swing that the home plate umpire would not ask for help on. But, hey. It’s something.
Justin Smoak pinch hit for Morales and struck a double to RCF that Jones tried to track down, but he stumbled into the wall, prompting a visit from trainers, but he seemed to be OK. Smoak would make his way to third, because, let’s be honest, who cares if he does with his club down 11-1. Tulo stepped up and drove him in with a single, which brought it to 11-2.
Just when everyone had about given up on any kind of come back, Kevin Pillar decided to provide a little intrigue by hitting his first home run of the year to bring in Ryan Goins in the bottom of the ninth. That brought things to 11-4. But…yeah. Too little, too late.
As good as Happ was early on, Orioles starter, Dylan Bundy, was equally effective. He was riding 46 pitchers through hist first 3 innings, giving up just 3 hits. Again, the early story was the Blue Jays bats were not able to muster much of anything, with Pillar’s leadoff double in the first among the hardest hit balls.
Just when it looked like Bundy was on the ropes in the 4th, a possible rally was stopped short. Jose Bautista led off the inning with a walk and Morales worked himself a full count. With the count full, Bautista took off for second and Morales smoked a line drive to first baseman, Trey Mancini, which was took no effort to double off Bautista. Troy Tulowitzki would pop out to CF and end the inning.
After a ground rule double from J.J. Hardy and a groundout by Gentry, Happ threw one pitch to Jones and appeared to be hurt. A quick mound visit and he was pulled from the game. Joe Biagini came on relief and gave up a single to Jones, which scored Hardy. That brought the score to 1-0, bad guys.
#BlueJays say JA Happ left game with elbow soreness. No further details.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) April 16, 2017
The 6th inning started with Ryan Tepera giving up a single to Trumbo, who moved to 2nd on a wild pitch. Chris Davis followed with a walk and things looked bleak. They would get much worse as Mancini blasted a 404 ft 3-run HR to put the good guys down 4-0.
The next batter, Jonathan Schoop singled to send Tepera packing. Dominic Leone came on in relief and gave up a double to Hardy, which allowed Schoop to score. 5-0. The next pitch, Leone threw in the dirt and it allowed Hardy to move to third. Gentry stepped up and delivered a sac fly to bring in Hardy and the Orioles 6th run.
Apparently, Mancini was not done. With Matt Dermody on the mound, he hit another HR in the 8th inning, a solo shot off the batter’s eye in dead center field. It brought the score to 7-1, Orioles. Craig Gentry got in on the hit parade in the same inning. He drove a 2-run HR to make the score 9-1. But, wait! There’s more. After a Jones walk, Machado also hit a 2-run shot, an opposite field job to bring it to 11-1.
The Blue Jays committed 3 errors on the day. Happ and Chris Coghlan were joined by Tulo in the 7th. While errors are not good, we can’t really blame the results of the game on miscues. More than anything, they just added to the seemingly continuous gut punch through which Blue Jays fans are currently suffering.
This was the first time we got to see the red jerseys the Blue Jays will feature every Sunday during home games to honour Canada’s 150th birthday.
Rocking the red & ready for baseball! #Canada150
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 16, 2017
It was also Bringer of Rain umbrella day at the Rogers Centre as fans in attendance were able to snag themselves a neat little promotional item. Perhaps, said umbrellas should have come with strict instructions NOT to be opened!
Forgot to send this out earlier… Busy drowning sorrows
— Jays From the Couch (@JaysFromCouch) April 16, 2017
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