The Toronto Blue Jays won their second game in a row, hitting four home runs on their way to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds
The Toronto Blue Jays came into the night on an incredibly high note, following a complete dismantling of the Cincinnati Reds the night before. It would be a tough act to follow for the Jays, but when it comes down to it, all wins count the same. The Jays looked to JA Happ making his return from the DL to attempt to lead the Jays to their second straight victory, and here’s how it shook out.
Reds 4 R, 8 H, 0 E
Blue Jays 6 R, 7 H, 1 E
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PREVIEW: #Reds look to rebound Tuesday against Toronto.
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Starting Pitcher Matchup
We are so fortunate to have the ability to watch Troy Tulowitzki play baseball on a daily basis. Today we were given another treat from the superstar in the third. JA Happ found himself in a jam with the bases load. Scott Schebler blasted a hard hit ball to Tulo’s left, only to have him backhand it cleanly and make a perfect throw to first to end the inning without damage.
The fourth inning for the Jays was a full highlight in itself. Asher Wojciechowski would show quite similar to what we saw against Matt Garza, a few games back. Following what looked like a struggling team the first time through the order, the second time through would see him get blown up. Home runs from Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Russell Martin gave the Jays a 4 – 2 lead heading into the fifth.
Cincinnati went into the seventh inning down a run but made a strong effort to try to come back and take the lead. Following a run-scoring single from Hamilton, the speedster advanced to second base without issue on yet another steal. That wasn’t far enough for Hamilton though, as he would try to advance another 90 feet with Joey Votto at the plate. Russell Martin had had enough of his running around though, and made a great throw to catch Hamilton attempting to steal third.
The threat wasn’t done just yet though, with Votto then working a walk and bringing Adam Duvall to the plate. Duvall would make excellent contact, driving a ball to left. Ezequiel “defensive adventure” Carrera stepped up big and tracked it down, making a Kevin Pillar-esque catch to keep the game tied.
After Aaron Loup gave up a lead-off double in the eighth, Joe Smith was tasked with securing the remaining three outs without allowing that run to score. The reliever was more than up to the challenge, getting Devin Mesorasco on a strike out, Scooter Gennett on a line out, and Billy Hamilton on a flyout to end the inning.
The offense rewarded Joe Smith immediately in the bottom of the eighth. Jose Bautista started things off with a single and passed the baton onto Kendrys Morales. The slugger came up huge, blasting the Jays fourth home run of the game a whopping 434 feet. The two-run blast put the Jays up by two going into the last inning.
JA Happ struggled to start his first game back fresh off the DL. Not executing his pitches as well as we normally see from him, Happ gave up back to back home runs in the first to Cozart and Votto. Happ also struggled in the third, loading the bases before escaping the inning on the great defensive play by Tulowitzki noted above.
Ryan Tepera ended his streak of 19th scoreless innings in the 7th following a steal and error. For the first time in a long time, Tepera had an unimpressive line allowing two hits and two walks, as well as being credited with a blown save.
- Dominic Leone was optioned to Buffalo to make room for the return of JA Happ
- Dalton Pompey was playing again for the first time following his concussion in the WBC.
- Mat Latos also received his release today
- Finally, Marcus Stroman was out and about doing good deeds once again.
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