Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Jays Set Season High in Runs Scored in Blowout

The Toronto Blue Jays welcome the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game set, but were not at all welcoming.

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The Toronto Blue Jays ended a win streak Sunday afternoon versus Texas, and looked to start a new one again on Monday evening. They did just that with the Cincinnati Red Stockings in town, pounding out 23 hits and scoring a season-high 17 runs. Marcus Stroman was solid, and the Jays cruised to an easy win.

 

Reds             2 R, 6 H, 1 E

Blue Jays    17 R, 23 H, 0 E

 

Lineups

 

Toronto Blue Jays

 

Cincivotto Reds

 

Starting Pitcher Matchup

 

 

Highlights

Kevin Pillar was up to his old tricks again, looking to finally earn himself a Gold Glove with this excellent catch in the second inning:

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Hopefully this year, since Pillar can hit now, he’ll win that Gold Glove – assuming the voters are enamored by Kevin Kiermaier’s blue eyes again. It made up for his 0-for-6 night, at least.

These 2017 Blue Jays looked like the squads of 2015 and 2016 against Lisalverto Bonilla, who…wasn’t at all good. He allowed three runs of his own via a two-run donation to The State by Russell Martin, and loaded the bases twice in the third inning before being pulled for Robert Stephenson, who couldn’t squelch The Revolution:

 

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Bonilla saw his ERA explode to a gargantuan 7.71, which won’t please The Party at all. Justin Smoak decided to get involved with a three-run job of his own, giving the Jays a two-grand slam plus lead in just the fourth inning:

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The Jays offense took it to a just plain terrible Reds pitching staff, something they’ve done in the past but struggled to do in 2017. There’s not too much too say about it, and it would probably take far too many words to do it, so here’s a shot of the Jays production:

 

 

Let’s break that down:

  • 23 hits
  • 17 runs
  • 3 home runs
  • 7 walks
  • 1 strikeout

So it was quickly 7-1 with Marcus Stroman on the mound, who found a groove after the first inning. Stroman went six inning and allowed just two runs (including a HR to Scott Schebler) on just five hits. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out five, earning his sixth win. At 6-2 with a svelte 3.28 ERA, Stroman is having that season we’ve been waiting for since 2014.

Stroman abdicated The Hill to the bullpen in the seventh, where Dominic Leone tossed two scoreless innings and he gave way to J.P. Howell in the ninth. Howell quickly got two outs, then allowed a single, but got a ground ball to Third Baseman Russell Martin to end the game, which is a thing now, apparently.

 

Lowlights

Kevin Pillar is swinging out of the zone again. While the rest of the lineup is finally clicking, Pillar was just 3-for-12 this weekend versus Texas and was 0-for-6 in tonight’s.

That’s…pretty much it.

 

Noteworthy

  • J.A. Happ is on his way back and was activated from the 10-day DL. The Happster will start tomorrow night in the second game of this three-game set:

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Thanks for reading. Join me again for the penultimate game of the series on Wednesday. But, since you’ve made it this far, please enjoy this masterpiece:

 

Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.

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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.