The Toronto Blue Jays try to salvage the rubber game of a three-game set with defending AL Champs Cleveland.
After another annoying but rather predictable loss on Tuesday night, the Toronto Blue Jays welcomed back the Cleveland Spiders for one more game, the decider of this three-game set. The Jays sent out lefty Francisco Liriano (2-2, 4.44) to battle with righty Danny Salad Czar (2-3, 4.28). Here’s how it all went down.
Cleveland – 7 R, 11 H, 1 E
Toronto – 8 R, 11 H, 0 E
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 10, 2017
Jose Bautista turned around a Danny Salazar offering for a three-run bomb in the bottom of the first to retake the lead, 3-2. After being set up by a Kevin Pillar walk and a crisp Ezequiel Carrera single, it was nice to see Bautista jump on a bad pitch from a good pitcher. Also nice was a little bit of fight in the team after immediately going down 2-0 without recording an out.
The pitch chart on that Jose Bautista home run looks like Danny Salazar knew exactly how to work him on pitches 1-5 then just forgot on 6 pic.twitter.com/XIv0Sw7uWa
— Nick Ashbourne (@NickAshbourne) May 10, 2017
Offensively, the Jays refused to lie down and die after coughing up leads, posting three in the first, two in the third (knocking out Danny Salazar) and getting into the Best Bullpen in Baseball (TM). Ezequiel Carrera, though, was not impressed, lining a Dan Otero pitch out of the park for a wall-scraping, game-tying dinger.
The bullpen held the Tribe scoreless for six innings, recording six strikeouts and six hits, walking no one. Those involved included Dominic Leone, Danny Barnes, Ryan Tepera, Joe Smith and Roberto Osuna – the last of whom would receive the win for this team effort win.
That tie, held to aplomb by the bullpen, was broken in the bottom of the ninth until Ryan Goins (!) gave the Blue Jays their first walk-off win of the 2017 season, scoring Ezequiel Carrera, who was 3-for-5.
Francisco Liriano had little command of the strike zone, and when he did, Lindor and Jason Kipnis were redirecting baseballs through it for hits. A one-run lead was quickly delivered back to Cleveland, and from there, Lirano spiraled. Liriano lasted just two innings before a very quick hook from manager John Gibbons, but reliever Dominic Leone allowed a three-run double to Brandon Guyer to close Liriano’s line out at five hits, three walks and seven earned runs.
Old friend Vic Carapazza ejects #BlueJays pitching coach Pete Walker after brief exchange following meeting on mound.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 10, 2017
Devon Travis showed that his game isn’t quite complete just yet, getting absolutely schooled by Francisco Lindor. After a leadoff double, Travis ventured too far of second base, was efficiently baited by Lindor, and could not absquatulate himself from a rundown.
- Kendrys Morales is the latest casualty in what this author is calling the “2017 Blue Jays Massacre.” He was out with a strained hamstring on Wednesday night, and will probably miss a few days, if he can avoid a 10-day DL stint.
- Troy Tulowitzki will be heading out on a rehab assignment this weekend and will supposedly be activated by the away half of the Atlanta series on Tuesday.
Player of the Game
If you vote for Ezequiel Carrera I maintain the legal right to hit you with a water balloon.
Blue Jays walk off the defending AL Champs and take two of three! Who deserves the @JaysFromCouch Player of the Game honours?
— Roy-Z ☘ (@rolewiii) May 11, 2017
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