Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Sox Take Series Opener

Another day and yet another loss as the Toronto Blue Jays blew an early lead to end up losing 8-7 to the division rival Boston Red Sox

 

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Following an off day, the Blue Jays would look to bounce back from a rough two weeks to start the season. In order to do that, and hopefully start a winning streak,  Toronto would send Marcus Stroman to the mound to face Brian Johnson. Stroman (1-1, 1.76 ERA, 9 K) aimed to build on his excellent start to the season, while Johnson was making only his second start ever in the bigs in replacement of Eduardo Rodriguez (paternity list). Here’s how it went down.

 

BOSTON RED SOX:  8 R,  15 H,  1 E

TORONTO BLUE JAYS:  7 R,  12 H,  0 E

 

LINE-UPS:

 

Your Toronto Blue Jays:

 

 

The Other Guys:

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

Kevin Pillar had another excellent game in the leadoff spot. It didn’t take Superman long to make an impact. Pillar smacked a leadoff double to start the bottom of the first putting the Jays in a great spot to jump on an early lead. Pillar would hit another double again in the second and top things off with his top things off with his third of the day in the bottom of the 8th.

 

Justin Smoak continued to work his way towards earning his 0.5 win contract (as described by Shaun Doyle) going 2 for 5, with 2 RBI on a double in the first and a solo Smoak-bomb in the third.

 

Russell Martin hit a homerun! With only one extra-base hit on the year, Martin finally barrelled one up and destroyed a ball to centerfield. Martin’s first dinger of the year would exit at 106 mph and go 449 feet.

 

Ezequiel Carrera would also contribute to the offense, hitting a pinch hit 2 run shot in the bottom of the 9th bringing the Jays within one.

 

LOWLIGHTS:


The Jays had a huge opportunity to blow the game open early. Up 2-0 with 1 out in the second, Johnson had to get past Kendrys Morales and Troy Tulowitzki to keep a clean inning. Johnson would strike out Morales on three pitches, and Tulo would follow up with a flyout to right, leaving all three bases full to end the inning.

 

Marcus Stroman was not on his game o. The right-hander was getting hit hard all night and ended up making it through only 4.2 innings. In the process, he gave up 11 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

 

Outside of Dominic Leone, the bullpen struggled mightily tonight as well. Aaron Loup gave up a hit to the only batter he faced, allowing an inherited runner to score. Joe Smith, despite striking out two gave up a solo home run and Ryan Tepera continued to struggle giving up 2 hits, a walk, and an earned run in only 0.2 innings.


NEWS AND NOTES

 

We would get an update on Josh Donaldson’s injury. Here’s hoping it’s closer to the 2-week forecast without rain.

 

 

Optimism from Mark Shapiro at a pitch talks event Monday was a good sign, however, JA Happ would still hit the DL. Utility guy Ty Kelly was beckoned to take his place on the roster.

 

 

An update was also released on Aaron Sanchez and his hand issue. More good news here as well with him to resume throwing shortly.

 

 

Finishing off the injury good news day, John Gibbons would also provide an update on lefty JP Howell.

 

 

Danny Barnes would also get the call to replace Matt Dermody.

 

 

 

Finally, don’t forget to get your vote in for the Blue Jays Player of the Game!

 

 

 

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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.