TORONTO BLUE JAYS FAIL TO GET THEIR OFFENSE GOING, DROP THE SERIES FINALE AGAINST THE TEXAS RANGERS 3-1
Today, the Blue Jays looked to go for the three game sweep of the Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre. Righty Joe Biagini took the mound for the Blue Jays, making his fifth start of the season. The Rangers countered with Andrew Cashner, who’s looking to bounce back after a rough start in Boston earlier this week where he pitched five innings, giving up five earned runs, and walking four batters.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 1 R, 7 H, 1 E
TEXAS RANGERS: 3 R, 10 H, 0 E
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 28, 2017
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) May 28, 2017
The Blue Jays would jump on the board quickly in the first inning, with leadoff man Kevin Pillar ripping a double down the left field line. Josh Donaldson moved Pillar over to third base on a groundout, and Jose Bautista lifted a high fly ball to left field cashing in Pillar on the sacrifice fly for his 27th RBI of the season. This unfortunately would be the only run to cross home plate for the Blue Jays this outing.
Biagini had another effective outing today, pitching a career high six innings, allowing two earned runs, walking one, and striking out seven. Other than the home run surrendered to Gallo, Biagini did a great job inducing a lot of weak contact. In his six innings he only allowed six hits, all of them singles, with two of them not making it out of the infield.
The start to Jason Grilli and J.P. Howell’s season has been pretty forgettable. But today this duo gave the Blue Jays two clean innings in the eighth and ninth inning. Grilli struck out two batters, and didn’t allow a hit. While Howell allowed one hit, walked one, and got two easy groundouts.
In the third inning, the Rangers did a great job at manufacturing a run to get on the board. Shortstop Elvis Andrus legged out an infield single, then got a great jump stealing second easily. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy cashed him in with an RBI single up the middle, tying the game at one early on. The scoring for the Rangers continued in the fourth inning, when third baseman Joey Gallo hit an opposite field home run for his 15th home run of the year, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
Blue Jays reliever Dominic Leone had a rough outing in the seventh inning. Elvis Andrus got the inning going with a weak single into left field, then Nomar Mazara then hit a ground rule double over the wall in left field. With runners on second and third with only one out, Leone threw a wild pitch past catcher Russell Martin, allowing Andrus to score from third. Leone ended up getting the next two outs, escaping the seventh inning jam with just one earned run.
Blue Jays Justin Smoak, and Russell Martin got on base in the ninth inning to make things interesting, but the rally ended up short. The Rangers take the final game of the series 3-1, snapping the Blue Jays five game winning streak.
- Francisco Liriano will make a rehab start tonight in Buffalo per TSN. If all goes well, he could potentially start next week against the Yankees.
- J.A. Happ will throw a bullpen session today, as it looks like he might be close to fully recovering from his injury he suffered in a start back on April 16th. He will be reevaluated after the session, and there’s a potential he could start on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
The Blue Jays drop the finale, but win the series. Who's your player of the game?
— Spencer (@Spenred) May 28, 2017
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