Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: first series sweep of the season

 

The Toronto Blue Jays welcome their Ace back to the mound as they look to complete the sweep against the pitchless Mariners in Superman style.

 

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Here are the lineups:

 

 

In a nice tribute to moms everywhere, momma Estrada would throw out the first pitch.

 

Highlights:

In a game where runs were few and far between we look to the defense and pitching to pack the highlight reel. In Aaron Sanchez‘s first full start coming back from his gruesome finger injury, we saw the Jays young stud do enough to earn himself the no decision. Sanchez would complete 5 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4. Sanchez was shortened on this start but the game will serve as a nice confidence boost heading into his next start.

 

Not to be outdone by the men on the mound Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was up to his old antics again as he commanded the outfield. Kevin has been out there being Kevin all season making incredible catch after incredible catch. It would be no different in this game as Pillar would make an incredible catch in the top of the fourth off Danny Valencia to rob the first basemen of extra bags and the go-ahead RBI’s.

 

The scoring may have been limited in this game but the hits were loud. The game 4 scoring was started off with a Justin Smoak home run blast to center on a 1-2 count. The home run would give the Jays a 2-1 lead in the game as it would score Jose Bautista. Smoak has been phenomenal for the Jays to start this season. He continues to get regular at-bats and raise team morale with his infectious personality. Smoak has been a spark in the Jays lineup.

 

Not to be outshined by Smoaky was the Jays other hot bat, Kevin Pillar. With the game looking bound for extra innings with his team down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth, to the plate came Kevin Pillar. Pillar would work closer Edwin Diaz to a 1-1 count before getting his eye locked onto a hanging breaking ball that he would not miss. He would smack the offering over the wall in left field and close out the sweep in WALK OFF fashion!

 

 

Lowlights:

In a series completed in a sweep, it is hard to find lowlights. Unfortunately, there is always something that can be improved on. In the top of the 4th Mariners catcher, Carlos Ruiz, would reach base on a rare call reversal at first base. The reversal would be a pivotal moment in the game as the next batter, Jean Segura, would hit a double to right field which would lead to a throwing error by Jay’s right fielder Jose Bautista. The error on the play would allow Ruiz to score giving the Mariners the early 1-0 lead.

 

Fortunately, the Blue Jays would be able to fend off the error and take the lead in the bottom of the 5th. This lead would only be short lived as the Jays let the struggling Dominic Leone pitch beyond an inning of relief and they would pay for it as the unthinkable would happen when Jarrod Dyson would hit a game tying homerun. The home run would be the first of Dyson’s season. The speedy fielder only had one such hit all last season. The error and the solo jack would not be enough as the Jays would complete the sweep.

 

Noteworthy:

  • Blue Jays left fielder, Steve Pearce, came up lame after hitting a double in the second inning. The outfielder appears to have strained his right calf on the play. Pearce would be replaced by Ezequiel Carrera for the remainder of the game.

 

 

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