Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Blue Jays Back Within a Game of .500

 

The Blue Jays look to get back to looking to get back to .500 versus the Texas Rangers in Arlington

 

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No, POTUS didn’t write that headline. The Toronto Blue Jays are once again looking to get back to within one game of .500 on Wednesday night in Arlington after another bad loss on Tuesday night. This time, Joe Biagini is toeing the rubber against oft-injured and newly-activated Tyson Ross. For more on the pitching matchups for this four-game set in Texas, check out our series preview.

 

Lineups

Toronto Blue Jays

 

There’s some serious shifting going on here, and it looks to be A Thing for the foreseeable future. Arden Zwelling gives us some semblance of what the lineup will look like going forward (thread):

 

 

Texas Rangers

 

Starting Pitcher Matchup

 

Results

Toronto Blue Jays 7 R, 11 H, 0 E

Texas Rangers 5 R, 9 H, 1 E

Here’s how it all went down:

 

Highlights

The Jays new-look offense, featuring Troy Tulowitzki, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin on the bench, pummeled starting pitcher Tyson Ross in the first inning, putting up a six-spot. The Jays sent nine batters up in the first, with known power-threat Darwin Barney capping off the inning with a rally killing two-run home run.

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These Barney home runs don’t come along very often. Bask in its beauty. Breathe the delightful musk.

 

The fire that is Justin Smoak continued to rage. Ol’ Smoaky was 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs on Wednesday, but waved at a curveball in his final AB.

 

Danny Barnes had a huge strikeout in the sixth to end a Rangers rally, and ended up going 1 2/3, allowing just one hit and striking out one. Tepera was even better, chewing up the batters he faced in a clean eighth inning. Roberto Osuna finished it off, allowing just a walk to Shin-soo Choo before Elvis Andrus swung at a first pitch and bounced out to Josh Donaldson.

 

 

Lowlights

Biagini allowed two home runs, the first a two-run shot by Shin-soo Choo and the second on a Little Leaguer by the very large human that is Joey Gallo. On the second, LF Steve Pearce lost the ball in the Texas twilight, chased the seemingly uncatchable ball to the wall which he crashed into, knee-first, at a rather high speed. Pearce stayed in the game for the rest of the inning, but was visibly banged up. Hopefully it won’t be a long-term injury, but I would be surprised to see him in tomorrow’s matinee.

 

 

Biagini, in the end, had a bit of a mediocre night. His line of 5 2/3 innings, seven hits, a walk and four runs has been typical of his work of late. Aaron Loup didn’t help, allowing an inherited runner to score along with one of his own.

Noteworthy

 

  • Over at SportsNet, Kristina Rutherford has another great interview, this time with Joe Carter.
  • Justin Smoak is having a tremendous season. Go vote for him as an All-Star. But don’t blame me if he doesn’t get in – I voted for Kodos.
  • Cesar Valdez was recalled to take Leonel Campos‘ spot on the roster. Campos was placed on the DL Wednesday with a groin strain suffered in Monday night’s game.

Player of the Game

Be totally awesome and help us decide on a Blue Jays Player of the Game for Wednesday, June 21st:

 

 

 

 

 

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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.

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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.