Toronto Blue Jays Highlights And Lowlights: Jays Hold on Despite 8th Inning Collapse

THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS CREPT BACK UP TO WITHIN A GAME OF THE ELUSIVE .500 MARK FOLLOWING A SPLIT WITH THE RAYS

 

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Failing once again to get back up to .500 last night, the Toronto Blue Jays would put their focus on getting back into the win column tonight. Francisco Liriano was the man on the mound tasked with not only leading the Jays on to victory but also giving them some much-needed length.  Jake Odorizzi was set to oppose Liriano for the Rays.

 

LINEUPS

 

TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS

 

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

 

STARTING PITCHER MATCHUP

RESULTS

Tamps Bay Rays – 6 R, 8 H, 2 E

Toronto Blue Jays – 7 R, 10 H, 1 E

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Francisco Liriano made quick work of the Rays in the first two innings using only 21 pitches. The quick innings are very out of the norm for the lefty, and in turn allowed him to put up his longest outing of the season. This was a more than welcome sight for the Jays bullpen, who went a collective 5.2 innings last night.

 

Despite being up and down, as a whole, Liriano’s outing was a positive. Liriano finished with an impressive line of 7 IP 5 H 3 R 2 ER 2 BB and 9 SO. The low number of walks were especially encouraging for Francisco, who is well known for being wild.

 

Kendrys Morales had yet another incredibly timely home run (9 of his 13 home runs this season have either tied the game or given the Blue Jays the lead per Sportsnet), and it was another monster. The 465-foot blast (the longest one at Rogers Center this year) not only gave the Jays the lead, but also knocked Jake Odorizzi out of the game, and was worth a .281 WPA.

 

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In a surprise addition, Dwight Smith Jr. ended up getting recalled and startED the game in left field. Smith Jr. wouldn’t disappoint, putting up an impressive 3 for 4 and a stolen base.

 

Following and 8th inning collapse, it was a brand new ball game late all tied up at sixes. Then this.

 

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In the words of a French broadcaster…. RUSSSSSSEEEEELLLLLLLL RUSSELLLL RUUUSSSEEELLLL RUSSSSSEELLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

 

LOWLIGHTS

Even though the Blue Jays came away with the win, they continued to struggle mightily with runners in scoring position. The Jays were a paltry 2 – 12 and left 8 runners on base.

 

Errors also reared their ugly head again leading to some damage against the Jays. Ryan Goins was charged with an error that the beginning of the third that would lead to a 2 run inning for the Rays.

 

Steve Souza Jr. and Logan Morrison continued to torture the Jays as well. The two combined for a .500 OBP, 2 runs and 2 RBI.

 

Joe Smith struggled for the first time in a while in relief. The side arm pitcher entered in the eighth with a three-run lead, but allowed the Rays right back into the game and to tie things up. The inning started with a single to Evan Longoria and a home run to Logan Morrison to bring the Rays within one. It didn’t end there with when a walk to Steve Souza Jr., single from Colby Rasmus and a sacrifice fly from Derek Norris tied things up. Smith did complete the inning, but with the lead no longer intact.

 

NOTEWORTHY

A surprise at line-up posting time, Ezequiel Carrera was nowhere to be found, and Dwight Smith Jr. was a surprise addition. As it turns out, the ball Carrera fouled off his foot turned out to be a fracture that would put him on the DL, the Jays bringing up Smith Jr. as his replacement.

 

The Jays also had their team photo today. Looks like a playoff team to me!

 Finally, “Players Weekend” was announced today, and it will be interesting to see how the Jays players work with it come the end of August.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Back on the winning track, and back within a game of .500…. again. Who’s the player of the game who got the Jays there tonight? Vote on your player of the game here:

 

 

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A group benefits consultant by day, Dustin is sports fanatic who loves talking sports more than anything. A self-glossed stats geek, he loves diving into the numbers behind the game. A proud father of 2 amazing kids, Dustin was born in Calgary, and now lives in Morinville.

Dustin Reddon

A group benefits consultant by day, Dustin is sports fanatic who loves talking sports more than anything. A self-glossed stats geek, he loves diving into the numbers behind the game. A proud father of 2 amazing kids, Dustin was born in Calgary, and now lives in Morinville.