Toronto Blue Jays drop the first game of a four game home-and-home series to the Atlanta Braves, 10-6.
After sweeping the Mariners and winning their last five, the Toronto Blue Jays welcomed the Atlanta Braves to the Rogers Centre for the final two games of a nine game homestand. Toronto sent Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 3.18) to the mound to face-off against veteran right-hander, Bartolo Colon (1-4, 7.22) to kick things off.
Toronto Blue Jays: 6 R, 10 H, 1 E
Atlanta Braves: 10 R, 13 H, 2 E
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Mike Ohlman collected his first big league hit and RBI in the fourth inning. His single to centre drove in Devon Travis who had reached second on an infield hit and error. His efforts help cut the Braves’ lead to 4-2.
The Blue Jays got a great night at the plate from Devon Travis tonight. His three hit night included two doubles, along with two RBI and a run scored. It’s good to see him finally getting strength and swing back after a long winter and spring of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee.
The surging Jose Bautista also had himself a three-hit night tonight, including a double, a run scored and a run batted in. His third hit put him on base for Justin Smoak who smack his 8th homerun of the season to cut the Atlanta lead to 10-6 in the ninth.
Atlanta jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on starter Mike Bolsinger. Though he wasn’t exactly backed up by quality defense from the outfield, namely Ezequiel Carrera, who threw to the wrong base after a Matt Kemp single sent Freddie Freeman to third. What should have been a runners-on-the-corners situation turned into a second and third situation which allowed two runs to score on a single by Nick Markakis, instead of one.
A Bolsinger HBP of Adonis Garcia led to a poor throw from catcher Mike Ohlman when Adonis attempted to swipe second. The throw bounced away from both infielders and allowed the runner to scamper into third. He would eventually score on a sacrifice fly to centrefield, making it 3-0.
Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson singled in a run when he stroked and opposite field line drive to right. It wasn’t all bad for Toronto, however, as Jose Baustista gunned down Swanson attempting to stretch his hit into a double.
Mike Bolsinger would exit the game after 4.2 innings having allowed six runs. His final line of the night would read: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 HBP, 3 K. It did look like he was battling a nagging injury, but refused to come out of the game until he was pulled. Nothing was discussed but the coaching staff did check on him several times.
The combination of JP Howell (0.1, 2 R) and Leonel Campos (1.0, 2 R) combined for 1.2 inning of work through the sixth, but didn’t fair well against Atlanta’s lineup. After Howell exited with two runner on base, Campos came in and retired Brandon Phillips via strikeout. His fortune, however, would turn quickly when the next hitter, Freddie Freeman, launched his 13th homerun on the season to dead centrefield. Campos would proceed to allow double to Matt Kemp who would score on a single by Garcia later in the inning for a 10-3 Braves lead.
- With Troy Tulowitzki on pace to return while the team is in Atlanta, IF/OF Steve Pearce hit the DL with a calf injury.
- Gibbons intimated that Josh Donaldson is on pace at the moment to join the team this weekend while the team is in Baltimore.
- With five batter’s HBP tonight for Atlanta, Toronto pitchers set a rather dubious franchise record.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.