Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Jays Win With Home Runs A Plenty

The Toronto Blue Jays won their third in a row sweeping the Brewers in their mid-week week mini-series on the backs of the long ball

 

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Following a couple hard losses in Baltimore, the Toronto “Replacements” were back on track with a win to close out the series, and a win against the Brewers to get to two in a row. Looking for their third straight victory, and the start of another winning streak, I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style…. Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.

 

Lineups

 

Toronto Blue Jays:

 

The Brewers:

 

Pitcher Matchup

 

Results

 

Blue Jays  8 R,  10 H, 0 E

Brewers 4 R, 5 H, 0 E

 

Highlights

 

As fast as the Brewers got on the board, the Blue Jays bounced back immediately after. Matt Garza had been perfect through three, but Kevin Pillar was ready to change that. Not to be outdone by Broxton, Pillar tied the game up with a home run of his own, this one measuring in two feet further (437 feet blast). Well, at that point, anything you can do I can do better, said Jose Bautista (probably). After taking a pitch up and in from Garza, Bautista took a fastball out of the hand of the righty and turned it into a 2-1 lead for the Jays with a solo home run of his own.

Following the Jays finally getting on the board in the fourth, Matt Garza turned back into Matt Garza, and the bats would keep on rolling. The start to the additional damage came off of the bat of Luke Maile, who scored Chris Coghlan on a sacrifice fly to center in the top of the fifth.

 

The long ball then continued to fly out off of the Blue Jays bats. Devon Travis was next on the list, hitting his third of the season. The solo shot extended Travis’ current hit streak to 9 games and extended the Jays lead to 4-1.

 

The next blast would come at an opportune time off the bat of an unexpected source. Bautista and Justin Smoak singles in addition to a Chris Coghlan walk left the bases juiced with one out for none other than Ryan Goins. Gogo made big on the situation, making contact with a pitch that was out of the zone high and inside to send off his fourth home run of the season, and his first ever grand slam.

 

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Dwight Smith Junior also made his presence known in the top of ninth pinch hitting, with his first ever MLB hit. It wasn’t a dud either, the young outfielder ripped a line drive double to left field.

 

 

 

The bullpen was solid again for the Jays after Stroman’s exit as well. Dominic Leone, Aaron Loup, and Jason Grilli combined for an excellent line of 3.1 IP 1 H 0 ER and 4 K.

 

Lowlights

 

The Brewers struck first in the bottom of the third. To this point, both pitchers had faced the minimum, but one pitch changed that. Keon Broxton jumped on a cutter that floated back in a little too far over the plate sending it for a 435-foot ride. Immediately after, the Brewers would keep some pressure on with a Jonathan Villar single. A huge base stealing threat, there was a high potential for him to move into scoring position with slugger Eric Thames at the dish. Villar did indeed move into scoring position, but not on a steal. Stroman accidentally went to his windup instead of the stretch. Stroman’s wind up includes a step back that resulted in a balk. Stroman then walked Eric Thames but escaped the inning any further unscathed striking out Hernan Perez.

 

You know what they say about 8-1 leads, they’re the most dangerous in baseball. It was at this point that the Jays allowed the Brewers to get a little closer. With runners on second and third in the bottom of the sixth Domingo Santana jumped on a fastball up and in for a three-run shot. The sixth home run of the game would bring the Brewers back within four.

 

Marcus Stroman went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts. The Blue Jays team leader in average simply has to be better than that.

 

Noteworthy

 

Anthony Alford joined the long list of injuries breaking a bone in his wrist on a foul ball yesterday.

 

If nothing else, the Jays are putting forward one of the most impressive DL lists you have ever seen.

 

Also this. With all the injuries and bad luck around this team can we hang out with safer animals, please… Like bunnies… Or maybe Sanchez’s puppy…

 

 

 

Player of the Game

 

 

 

 

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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.