The Toronto Blue Jays would come away with a win in one of the most crazy games baseball fans will see this year
Coming off of their first series non-loss off the season, the Blue Jays would look to build on that, and hopefully land their first series win against the Cardinals. Both teams being in very similar positions with high expectations, and poor results to start the season, needed to start the series off on a good note. To do so, Toronto would send Marco Estrada (0-1 2.63 ERA) to face off against Cardinals righty Michael Wacha (2-1 2.41 ERA).
Blue Jays: 6 R 10 H 0 E
Cardinals: 5 R 13 H 4 E
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#STLCards lineup vs. Toronto (4/25):
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Marco Estrada continued his dominance this year putting forward an impressive 6 IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB and 9 k.
Chris. Freaking. Coghlan. In one of the most unreal plays you will see all year, Coghlan supermanned over top of Yadier Molina to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 7th. Words can not do this play justice.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 26, 2017
Jose Bautista continued to slowly break out of his cold streak. The Blue Jays slugger would go two for six with a run and an RBI.
Jason Grilli had an excellent outing to keep things locked down in the 10th striking out the side, giving way to the 11th inning.
Marcus Stroman would pinch hit in the top of the eleventh, becoming the first Blue Jay in franchise history to do so. A total 0 for 5 on his career, Stroman got down early 0-2. The pitcher’s count wouldn’t phase the star out of Duke, as after taking a ball, he’d attack striking a line drive to left field for a double. Steve Pearce would follow up reaching on a throwing error that would allow Marcus Stroman to score putting the Jays ahead. Also this:
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Despite Marco’s phenomenal star, he was unable to come away with the win. When Joe Biagini gave up the 2 run shot in the bottom of the seventh, destroying any hope of Marco’s first win on the year.
As mentioned above, Joe Biagini had his first his first impactful blip on the season. In the bottom of the seventh Biagini gave up a two run blast to Jose Martinez (his first of his career) allowing the Cardinals to tie the game.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia continued to struggle as the backup catcher for the Jays. Salty went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, bringing his total over the last few games to an abysmal 0 for 17 with 13 strikeouts.
Roberto Osuna continued to struggle locking things down, giving up the game tieing run in the bottom of the ninth today. Arash Madani reported to start the tenth that Pete Walker noted that Osuna’s stuff isn’t quite where it needs to be just yet, but he’s getting there. Luck wasn’t helping Osuna either, as Fowler’s hit to score the tying run only had an 11% probability for a base hit.
NEWS AND NOTES
As noted above, Russell Martin would make his first start at third base since 2013.
JP Howell would make his return from the DL. The Blue Jays would send Leonel Campos back to AAA as a corresponding move.
Looks like JP Howell has been activated and Lionel Campos sent to AAA #BlueJays
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Finally, don’t forget to get your vote in for the Blue Jays Player of the Game!
The Blue Jays won an *extra-inning* *one-run* game. Who deserves the @JaysFromCouch Player of the Game Award?
— Roy-Z ☘ (@rolewiii) April 26, 2017