Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: Missed Opportunities Hurt Jays in Series Opener

 

The Toronto Blue Jays’ offense came out a little flat in the series opener against the Athletics, dropping the opener 5-3

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays went into the opening game of a six game west coast road trip looking to get back to the .500 mark for the first time this season. Unfortunately, and despite a quick start, the offense would fall short on several key scoring opportunities throughout the game.

 

Lineups:

Blue Jays

Athletics

 

Toronto Blue Jays:  3 R,  7 H,  0 E
Oakland Athletics:  5 R,  5 H,  0 E

 

Highlights

Toronto’s offense got the night started quickly against Oakland starter Sean Manaea who walked Kevin Pillar to lead off the first inning and score on a Josh Donaldson double in the left field corner. The double was Donaldson’s 11th on the season, and Pillar’s 34th run scored.

 

With Toronto trailing 5-1 in the fifth inning they would scratch back a single run on a Ezequiel Carrera lead-off walk, and Kevin Pillar’s 14th double of the season, to get within three. The inning would fizzle out on some questionable running from Pillar; however, if anything, they did run up Manaea’s pitch count to 100 after five complete.

 

Despite the score, J.A. Happ‘s second outing since returning from the disabled list was more than adequate. The lefty worked 5.1 innings, giving up only four hits over 98 pitches, but was undone by the long ball. His final line would read: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Though it may not be ideal, it is important to remind ourselves that he is essentially pitching in MLB games as part of his rehab due to team need.

 

Justin Smoak got the Blue Jays within two runs in the eighth inning with his 15th homerun of the season. In total the big first baseman would collect two hits in four trips raising his season’s average to .287.

 

Lowlights

 

After a lead-off double from Troy Tulowitzki in the second inning, Toronto’s offense continued their struggles with runners in scoring position. In total they would go 0-8 as a team with RISP, pushing their rather dubious streak to 0-32 dating back to the start of the Yankees series.

 

Toronto’s inability to capitalize on early scoring chances caught up with them in the form of Oakland’s Ryon Healy. The DH would finish two for three, with five RBI coming off two monstrous homeruns — his 13th and 14th — in the second and fourth innings, respectively. The two swings would account for all of the Athletics offense for the evening.

 

Noteworthy

  • The struggling lefty-reliever J.P. Howell was placed in the disabled list today in order to make room for the addition of Jeff Beliveau from AAA Buffalo. The move gives Toronto a full 40-man roster as they were at 39 before the move today.
  • Blue Jays’ second baseman Devon Travis avoided a DL stint, and is considered day-to-day after being hit on the wrist during yesterday’s game against the Yankees. As per usual, the young man was in good spirits over his current situation.

 

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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.