Toronto Blue Jays: Highlights & Lowlights of June 18th’s WIN!

Blue Jays offense receives a much-needed boost fueled by Home Run power from the Bats of Martin and Morales.

 

 

HAPPY FATHERS DAY FROM THE COUCH!

 

 

Blue Jays finished off a regular season series against the Chicago White Sox with a much-needed win. Wins, against the White Sox, have been hard to come by for the Blue Jays. Over the previous 10 games, the White Sox hold an impressive 9-1 record and have dominated them in every aspect of the game, out hitting them in both home runs and runs scored and out pitching them garnering high strikeout totals while maintaining a low ERA.

 

Game 3 of the series would tilt the series slightly in the Blue Jays favor as the Blue Jays pulled out a much needed 7-3 victory scoring runs late. Led on the bump by last year’s outbreak pitcher, J.A. Happ, the Blue Jays would complete the comeback win erasing the White Sox 3-0 lead in powerful Blue Jay style.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

Happ began the game sitting the White Sox down in order on only 8 pitches. This was key to boosting the Blue Jays confidence as the White Sox have shown the ability to jump on our starters early. In game 1 of the series the White Sox would score 5 runs in the 1st and chase starter Joe Biagini from the game early and in Game 2 the White Sox would smack two solo homers in the second to take an early jump on Marcus Stroman. The tone set by Happ was completely different in this game. It had seemed to fuel the Blue Jays batters as Donaldson would rope a liner down to left fielder Melky Cabrera and would later be followed by an opposite field ground-rule double off the bat of Kendrys “Big Ken” Morales. The ground-rule double would be costly as Smoak would ground out softly to first and end the threat.

 

Things would quiet down for Blue Jays bats after the first inning threat until the game reached the fifth inning. The fifth inning would be led off with a Steve Pearce single to center. Pearce would later score on another single this time hit to left field off the bat of Kevin Pillar. That would be the end of the offense for the fifth, fortunately for the Blue Jays, it would not be the end of the offense for the afternoon.

 

In the sixth, Russell Martin would scrape the paint off the wall in the center field taking White Sox starter James Shields deep for a two-run game-tying home run. The White Sox would make a pitching change but the bats didn’t slow down. Pearce would, yet again, hit another single to the outfield and Ryan Goins would find the gap in center scoring Pearce and landing himself on third with a triple. The Blue Jays would find themselves up 4-3 through 6.

 

The Blue Jays offense would not settle with a one-run lead. The heart of the Blue Jays order would take to the dish in the seventh in a big way. Bautista singled to center field setting the table for Kendrys Morales. Morales would flip sides of the plate, batting right-handed against the left-handed hurler Dan Jennings. Jennings would leave a 2-0 peach over the center of the plate and Big Ken would not miss, launching a 460-foot bomb to the fourth deck at Roger Center. The home run would be followed by a Steve Pearce double that scored Troy Tulowitzki.

 

 

The game would be closed out by Danny Barnes and Roberto Osuna. Danny Barnes was called on after 6.2 strong innings by Happ. Barnes would complete the seventh and pitch eighth before he was relieved of his duties for Blue Jay closer Roberto Osuna. Osuna would pitch a clean ninth to protect the win for Happ. The appearance was not a save situation but was a key win for the Blue Jays which is why manager John Gibbons went to his sure-fire closer in the situation. Blue Jays record will move to 33-35 with the win and they remain at the bottom of the AL East.

 

Lowlights:

Blue Jays would have to come from behind to win this game as the White Sox made their attempt at the sweep. In the top of the fifth inning, Blue Jay starter J.A. Happ was tagged for 3 runs via a little small ball played by White Sox batters. The Sox would hit four singles and a sacrifice fly in the inning to score the three runs all charged to Happ.

 

Noteworthy:

After a little bit of struggle finding his form to start the season, Blue Jay Starter J.A. Happ, looks to have regained his form from last season. If our 20 game winner can get back on track and perform at a similar level to last season the Jays will lock up a win every fifth game. Losses are something the Jays can’t afford any more so if Happ is ready to roll we will welcome the wins. Happ’s line on the night looks like this:

 

Steve Pearce is coming out of his slumber after returning from the DL. Since his return Pearce has gone 4 for 6 with 1 home run, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. In today’s tilt, Pearce was a sensational 3 for 4 and was a driving force in the offense. He connected for a couple timely hits scoring Tulowitzki once and himself twice. If Pearce can continue to add value and depth to our roster the Blue Jays will find success late in the season.

 

Up next the Blue Jays will kick off a four-game set in Texas against the Rangers. Whenever the Jays and Rangers get together there are sure to be fireworks so keep tuned to the game or check the Couch for all your much-needed Highlights and Lowlights.

 

 

 

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