The Toronto Blue Jays had plenty of chances to put the Red Sox away but failed to do so leading to a 15th inning loss
Last night the Toronto Blue Jays opened up their four game set against the Red Sox with a big win. On the back of yet another excellent Marcus Stroman start, the visiting Jays walked away edging out the Sox 4-3. The win was the Jays fifth in their last eight on the road and brought their overall road record up to 21-25 on the season. Sitting tied for last in the AL East with the Orioles, putting together a couple wins in a row could put the Jays in a place they haven’t been all year. In the sole position of fourth in their division. To do so Toronto sent JA Happ (3-6, 3.54 ERA) to the mound tonight to face off against Brian Johnson (2-0, 4.29 ERA).
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 18, 2017
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 18, 2017
Toronto Blue Jays – 4 R 15 H 0 E
Boston Red Sox – 5 R 13 H 0 E
The dynamic switch hitting duo of Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales finally got the Jays on board in the fifth. Justin Smoak broke the 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position to get things rolling. A single off of the green monster in left center scored Bautista and moved Martin to third. Morales followed things right up with his fifth hit of the series, a single to right to score Martin. Tulo even joined the hit parade scoring Smoak with a single, giving the Jays a 3-1 lead to end the half inning.
JA Happ pitched well into the sixth inning tonight. Doing his thing, inducing groundballs, and even throwing in a little defense of his own, JA Happ posted an impressive line of 5+ IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 2 SO, his only blemishes being solo home runs to Chris Young and Dustin Pedroia.
After an hour long delay and drawn out extra innings game, the Blue Jays gave themselves a great chance to win. Steve Pearce continued to swing a hot bat leading off the top of the 11th with a double. A single from Pillar moved Pearce up to third and after flailing at the first two pitches he saw, Ryan “Clutch” Goins hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Pearce and give the Jays the lead going into the bottom.
Mike Bolsinger was also excellent in relief, including a rare four strikeout inning. Well, excellent except for one mistake…..
The Blue Jays started the game tonight by wasting two excellent opportunities to get ahead early. In the first inning, Jose Bautista started the game off with a lead off double only to be stranded there. In the second the Jays had another golden opportunity loading the bases with just one out. Jose Bautista was on the other end of things this time though, popping out for the second out. Kendrys Morales followed up with a ground out to third ending the inning.
The Jays were unable to hold onto the lead once they got it in the top in the fifth. Dustin Pedroia haunted the Jays getting the Sox second run on a solo shot (as mentioned above) and then by beating Dominic Leone for the second straight night, ripping an RBI double off of the green monster in left center.
Toronto squandered an excellent opportunity to take the lead back again in the top of the eighth with runners on first and third and none out. Kevin Pillar, however, hit into a double play that also allowed the Red Sox to keep Tulowitzki sitting at third. A Ryan Goins strikeout ended the inning, the game still tied, in a situation where the Jays most definitely should have been ahead.
Roberto Osuna came in to close things out in the bottom of the eleventh, which is something we haven’t seen in the lowlights in a long time. Osuna was in a tough spot after a leadoff single followed by unbelievably flukey bunt single over the head of Josh Donaldson. Osuna almost battled back, striking out the next two batters, only to have Mookie Betts drive in the game tieing run. The blown save ended Osuna’s impressive consecutive save streak at 22.
Hanley Ramirez walked it off with a no doubter in the bottom of the fifteenth, handing the Jays the loss.
- Keeping up with the exes, the Milwaukee Brewers announced the signing of former Jay’s first baseman Chris Colabello signed in per Hazel Mae.
- Rob Longley from the Toronto Sun had a chance to chat with Pete Walker. In that discussion, Walker discusses what’s up with Estrada, and states that there is no chance that he is coming out of the rotation.
- Joe Smith continued his rehab assignment with Buffalo, this time finding the zone and striking out two. Smith could return as soon as tomorrow, per Shi Davidi
- More from Shi, is some good news on the Francisco Liriano front as well as Gibbons stated that his bullpen went well. If all goes to plan, Francisco should make his scheduled start on Thursday.
- Some more bad news came on the injury front, however, as Dalton Pompey was yet again on the receiving end. Ben Wagner reported the Jays outfielders rehab was stopped due to his knee injury and was moved back to the 60 day DL.
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