The Toronto Blue Jays look to take game two of the series from the Baltimore Orioles at the Dome on Wednesday night
The Blue Jays followed up a strong win on Sunday with a dud on Tuesday night to the division rival Baltimore Orioles, getting completely shut down by only-good-against-the Blue Jays Kevin Gausman. On Wednesday night they sent out current ace Marcus Stroman to face lefty Wade Miley. What resulted follows.
6/28 @Orioles lineup at TOR
— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) June 28, 2017
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) June 28, 2017
Starting Pitcher Matchup
Orioles – 0 R 5 H 1 E
Blue Jays – 4 R 7 H 0 E
So this had nothing to do with tonight’s game, but it’s fun to watch anyway. Kevin Pillar is at it again with Sportchek, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by blowing out candles in a Pillar-esque way:
Greatest Blue Jay of All Time Jose Baustista opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, taking a hanger from Wade Miley over the wall in RF for his first opposite-field home run since 2015.
Jose Bautista homers to opposite field for first time since Sept. 9, 2015 at #Yankees
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 28, 2017
The bats were a bit silent for the next two innings, but hopeful (and deserving) All Star Justin Smoak hit a laser beam out to center field in the fourth inning. The Jays piled a few more on after, with Jose Bautista hitting into a very-botched fielder’s choice (struck at 110 MPH, for what it’s worth) and forcing a miss-play at first base, resulting in two runs and bringing the score up to 4-0.
Steve Pearce had no trouble with his former teammate, going 2-for-2 off Miley and adding another single in the bottom of the sixth. Since returning from the DL, Pearce is hitting very well, masking the defensive carrion that comes along with his game.
Marcus Stroman was incredible. Since his draft date back in 2012, these were the kind of games we have been thirsting for. His sinker was unhittable (unless you’re Trey Mancini), his slider was spinning up a storm, and the Orioles batters were completely lost on the confluence of his repertoire tonight. Stroman tossed 7 2/3 innings before relenting to Danny Barnes, who walked Manny Machado before blowing a fastball past Jonathan Schoop to end the eighth inning. Stroman allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out eight Orioles.
Roberto Osuna was given the ninth inning, and despite the four-run lead, slammed the door in a fashion likened only to opening up door number IV and staring into the eyes of the Tiger within. Osuna struck out Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo on sliders before embarrassing Trey Mancini on a third.
It seemed every time the Jays worked a walk on Wednesday night, they promptly hit into a twin killing. All told, the Jays bounced in three double plays, something that has been all too common in their recent troubles. This makes perfect sense, as the Jays are one of the slowest teams in all of baseball right now.
- Jays news was plentiful this afternoon. Of the most immediate interest was this sneaky bomb Jon Heyman dropped:
jays are among teams with interest in @miggymont26 they like candor in canada!
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 28, 2017
- We’re getting the band back together, apparently:
#BlueJays sign Michael Saunders to a MiLB deal. He's off to Buffalo.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) June 28, 2017
- The Blue Jays have signed first-rounders Logan Warmoth (SS, 22nd overall) and Nate Pearson (P, 28th overall.)
- And in case you weren’t happy with the Blue Jays present, near-future and medium-future…here’s some far-future!
Blue Jays are linked to five of the Top 50 international prospects, including the No. 1 pitcher: https://t.co/VnnfX9bOPz
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) June 28, 2017
Player of the Game
Have your voice heard and vote for the Player of the Game! Four solid options from tonight’s game, including two pitchers – which based on the voting results so far in June – is a rarity.
Big shutout win the boys tonight. Who do you have for your @JaysFromCouch Player of the Game?
— W.B. (@Every5thDay) June 29, 2017
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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.