Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Jays Can’t Figure Out Gausman In Loss to Orioles

 

The Toronto Blue Jays fell to the 2-8 against the Orioles this year in a near shut out loss to start the series

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays would make their return to Rogers Centre this evening following a day off and a 3-4 road trip (one game under .500…. go figure). Looking to build off of a sweep-avoiding win in Kansas City however, the Jays looked to Joe Biagini (4.45 ERA) in what could be his last start for a while. The Baltimore Orioles countered with righty Kevin Gausman (3-7, 6.47 ERA), who quite honestly, has been terrible this year. Here’s how it all played out:

 

Lineups:

 

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Orioles

Ugh…. even their line-up tweets are trash.

 

Toronto Blue Jays:  1 R,  6 H,  0 E

Baltimore :  3 R,  7 H,  0 E

Highlights

Darwin Barney was in at second base today, and it didn’t take him long to throw up a star for the scoresheet. Wellington Castillo led off the second ripping a ball right up the gut. Barney ranged to his right to make a great diving stop and firing to first to catch Castillo for the first out.

Only getting 5.1 innings out of Biagini, the bullpen had to step it up again to keep the Jays in it through the latter stages of the game. Led by Dominic Leone, the Jays bullpen turned in an impressive line of 3.2 IP 0 R 0 ER 2 H 1 BB and 1 SO with contributions from Ryan Tepera and Chris Smith (making his first ever MLB appearance).

 

Troy Tulowitzki gave the Jays a little bit of life hitting a home run to break the shutout with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. It was the only offense the Jays could muster up all night, so sure. It gets a highlight.

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Lowlights

 

The first inning issues continued for the Jays tonight. Entering the game with a first-inning ERA of 6.12, Biagini would send that poor number higher. Even though the reliever turned starter would get two quick ground ball outs to start the game, the Orioles still managed to strike. A Jonathan Schoop single, followed up by an Adam Jones walk and a Mark Trumbo double to put the Jays down 2-0 before they even had a chance to bat.

 

Biagini for whatever reason felt that allowing baserunners after getting the first 2 outs was a great idea, doing so again in the third and the fourth. Another run scored in the third as a result, but Biagini did manage to escape the fourth unscathed striking out Seth Smith.

 

Even though the Jays were facing Gausman, who has been less than impressive this season, the offense struggled to start the game. The Jays only mustered up one hit through four innings against the righty. When the Jays finally got a chance to strike against Gausman in the fifth, they whiffed again. With runners on first and third, Kevin Pillar popped out to end the inning.
The Jays set themselves up with another great opportunity again in the bottom of the sixth but again failed to cash in. A Bautista single, followed by a Russell Martin walk chased Gausman, and brought in Mychal Givens. Givens got Donaldson to line out to third but then walked Justin Smoak to load the bases. With Kendrys Morales up to bat, with all of his success in spots like this, things were looking up. Morales, however, flailed at a high fastball to end the inning.
The Blue Jays also continued to erase runners by hitting into 2 double plays. The Jays are in the unenviable position of holding the league lead in this category with 82.

Noteworthy

  • The Toronto Blue Jays made another roster move, bringing up RHP Chris Smith, per Ben Nicholson-Smith
  • The corresponding move was the surprise DFA of veteran Jason Grilli. Hazel Mae was the first to notice the fiery reliever packing up his locker.
  • Justin Smoak closed the gap even further on Hosmer for the starting first base spot. Only slightly over 70,000 votes off the lead, make sure you #Smoakthevote!
  • In more line-up news, Dwight Smith Jr. was optioned to make room for the return of Ezequiel Carrera (which, wow). New episodes of Adventures in Left Field to air shortly!
  • Bob McCown also mentioned the possibility of a Michael Saunders return, starting in Buffalo. I mean, AAA depth is AAA depth, so sure?

 

 

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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.