Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: Offense Gets Shutdown, Again!

The Toronto Blue Jays offense was stymied by Ubaldo Jimenez as they drop game three and the series to Baltimore.

 

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On the back of 7.2 innings of shutout baseball in a win from Marcus Stroman last night, the Toronto Blue Jays look to take the series from the Baltimore Orioles here on Thursday. To do so they will square off against a familiar foe in Ubaldo Jimenez, while sending left-hander J.A. Happ out to counter.

 

Lineups

Blue Jays

 

Orioles

 

Starting Pitcher Matchup

 

Results

Baltimore Orioles – 2 R 8 H 0 E

Toronto Blue Jays – 0 R 3 H 0 E

 

Highlights

J.A. Happ battled his was through his outing providing the Blue Jays with another quality start. The lefty did get into some trouble in each of the third and sixth innings, however he did limit the damage in each to one run. Happ came out for the seventh inning but was pulled after allowing a loud out to right-centre, and a single to left. In total he worked 6.1 IP, surrendering eight hits and two earned runs, while lowering his ERA to 3.71 on the season.

 

Happ was helped out on two occasions by excellent defensive plays from his outfielders. The first was from Ezequiel Carrera who cut a ball off in the gap and gunned down Schoop trying to stretch his single into a double.

The second, and more spectacular play, came from who else but, Kevin Pillar.  The courageous centrefielder ran down a ball off the bat of Ruben Tejada to cancel out a sure extra-base hit. It’s hard to tell who took the worst of the collision, Pillar, or the wall.

One of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season has been the work of the relatively unknown bullpen, and tonight was no different. The combination of Dominic Leone (1.2 IP, 2 K) and Ryan Tepera (1.0 IP, 1 K) shutdown the Orioles through 2 2/3 innings giving the offense an opportunity.

 

Lowlights

The Orioles offense only got to Happ twice tonight, but that way all they needed. The first right came in the third inning  when a Ruben Tejada single, and a Joey Rickard double set them up for a RBI sac-fly from Jonathan Schoop. The second was a two-out single from Caleb Joseph cashed in Adam Jones who had singled earlier in the inning.

 

The Blue Jays offense managed just two hits off Ubaldo Jimenez. Yeah, that guy! The one with a 7.26 ERA coming into tonight. In fact, the Orioles starting pitching core cam into this series with the worst ERA in major league baseball and only surrendered five runs to the Blue Jays offense through three games. Woof!

 

Noteworthy

  • The dynamic duo in Lansing have been recogniced by MLB by being selected to be part of their All-Star weekend festivities in Miami.

 

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.