Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: The Bronx Bombers Opened a Can……

 

The Toronto Blue Jays and Estrada get mauled in the series opener by Gary Sanchez and the New York Yankees

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (26-27) came into the series having won four in a row, seeing themselves climb to within 5.5 games of the New York Yankees (30-20) in the American League East. Tonight’s match-up featured a pair of veteran arms with Marco Estrada taking the ball for Toronto, while New York countered with the lefty, CC Sabathia.

 

 

Lineups:

Blue Jays

 

Yankees

 

Toronto Blue Jays:  2 R,  7 H,  1 E
New York Yankees:  12 R,  15 H,  0 E

Highlights

Despite the results there were some positives for the Blue Jays tonight. Kendrys Morales got the home team on the board with his 11th homerun of the season. His knock was his second hit of the night and kept Toronto’s, games with a HR streak, alive at four games, and 19 of their last 21.

 

While Justin Smoak went two-for-four to up his average to .282 on the season. The big first baseman also made a stellar defensive play on a hard hit line drive off the bat of Matt Holliday.

 

Tonight’s sacrificial bullpen lamb, Leonel Campos, provided the Gibbons and company with exactly what they needed after Estrada’s short outing. With him likely being optioned back to AAA in the morning in favour of Francisco Liriano, there’s was little doubt what was expected. His three innings of two hit, two earned runs (both unearned) will likely keep him in mind for another promotion when it’s required.

 

Ezequiel Carrera got the second run on the board for the Blue Jays with his fourth homerun of the season.

 

 

Lowlights

The first inning woes continued for the Blue Jays on this evening, marking four consecutive games in which they have surrendered runs before they have a chance to get to the plate. Tonight it started when Brett Gardner stroked a double down the right-field line to lead-off the inning. Two singles, a walk, and a Aaron Hicks three-run double later, Estrada and the Blue Jays found themselves in a 4-0 hole.

 

Gary Sanchez blistered a solo homerun (113 mph, 440 ft) into the seat in left field with two outs in the second inning to put the Yankees up 5-0.

 

Sanchez would follow up his second inning homer with another in the fourth inning. This time it was a two-run blast which looked eerily similar to the first (112 mph, 434 ft) for a 7-0 New York lead.

 

Estrada’s night would end in favour of reliever, Leonel Campos, after 4.2 IP. With his final line reading: 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, with 2 HR, his ERA for the season would jump from 3.15 to 3.86.

 

Campos, who was turning in an excellent outing, was not done any favours when Darwin Barney booted a routine groundball for what should have been the third out. The extended inning allowed Hicks to hit his second double of the evening to cash-in Didi Gregorius for his fourth RBI on the night. Campos would be replaced after a Chase Headley single pushed the Yankees’ lead to 9-0.

 

Lefty reliever J.P. Howell had provided 1.1 innings of solid relief before being trotted back out for a less than stellar ninth inning. He would record a single out and give up three runs from that point before being lifted for Ryan Tepera. While it’s understandable why Gibbons would try to get some length from Howell, it was not optimal for him to go back out there when he’s not been conditioned to do so.

 

Noteworthy

  • The Blue Jays designated SP Mike Bolsinger for assignment and recalled RP Leonel Campos, via Shi Davidi
  • Another of the injured players, Francisco Liriano, will be activated tomorrow in time to make his first start since leaving the game against Cleveland on May 10th.

  • Mentioned above, the Jays Care auction will be taking place tomorrow evening during the broadcast. Check out the link included in the tweet if you would like to participate.

 

 

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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.

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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.