Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: Latos Gets Shelled in Loss

 

Despite an overall good outing from the Toronto Blue Jays bats, the pitching would falter and end the Jays three game streak

 

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Looking to build on their first mini winning streak of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays returned for game two of three in Yankee stadium. On paper, the pitching match-up was quite lopsided in favor of the Yankees, who would send staff ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. The Jays countered with Buffalo Bison turned fourth starter, Mat Latos. Latos had an excellent line his last time out but was hit hard in the process. Here’s how he and the rest of the Blue Jays fared.

 

Toronto Blue Jays:   5 R,   11 H,   1 E
New York Yankees:  11 R,  16 H,  0 E

 

Lineups:

 

Blue Jays

 

Yankees

 

Highlights

 

Steve Pearce finally broke out of the terrible funk that he was in. After starting the game with a single, Pearce did his damage in the top of the fifth with a 401-foot blast to left center. The home run would put the Blue Jays on the board, but Pearce wasn’t done just yet. Pearce hit yet another home run in the top of the 7th to left field. As a result, the left fielder accounted for two of the Jays five runs on the night. Pearce closed his game out in the bottom of the 8th with a double, ending the day 4 for 4.

 

Devon Travis looked excellent as well in the losing effort, going two for four and accounting for two of the other runs. One, a double off of a line drive to center in the fifth put Travis on. He would score on the next at-bat, a single off of the bat of Chris Coghlan. The second baseman would score the second run in the top of the seventh on one of the strangest balks you will ever see, that represented what looked like a Gr. All in all, Travis has looked much more comfortable at the dish of late and that’s good news for the Jays moving forward.

 

Kevin Pillar also continued to swing a hot bat, going two for five on the night, including a deep fly that Pillar would see get robbed of extra bases by Brett Gardner.

 

Lowlights

 

The Blue Jays would have an opportunity to jump on staff ace Masahiro Tanaka early with a Kevin Pillar lead off double. Unfortunately, the Jays would squander the opportunity off of a Jose Bautista fly ball, Russell Martin strikeout, and Kevin Pillar caught stealing.

 

The Yankees started the bottom of the first the same way as the Blue Jays, with a leadoff double, but they would take advantage. Following the double off of the bat of Brett Gardner, Chase Headley would bunt for a hit and Matt Holliday would cash in Gardner with a double. Luckily, the Blue Jays would escape with just the minimal damage, off a Starlin Castro line out and a 1-3-4-2 double play.

 

Mat Latos had a second inning that he and Blue Jays fans alike would love to have wiped from their collective memories. The righty gave up a total of 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk including a home run to both Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner.

 

Things would get only slightly better for Latos in the third, where he would only give up one home run, this time to Aaron Judge. Not to be outdone by himself in the fourth, Latos would surrender yet another bomb, this time to Brett Gardner. Latos completed the fourth, but that would be all for him on the night. He would finish with a brutal line of 10 H 7 ER 1BB and 5K.

 

Kendrys Morales got a fantastic opportunity to tie the game up in the top of the seventh. Down 8-4, a Pillar single along with walks from Bautista and Martin loaded the bases for Morales to face Dellin Betances. In an anti-climactic at-bat, Morales struck out on three pitches, failing to cash in.

Jason Grilli put forward an absolutely brutal outing continuing his struggles on the season. The reliever was unable to get even a single out in the bottom of the seventh. Grilli gave up three earned runs on two hits and a walk.

 

 

Noteworthy

 

For some good news, a look down to the minors had Bo Bichette continuing to impress.

 

Ryan Borucki also had himself a day today as well

Finally, I’m just going to leave this riiiiiiight here……

Player of the Game

Okay seriously though….

 

 

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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.