Blue Jays Bats Back Happ Gem

The Toronto Blue Jays set a season high for runs scored as they beat the Rangers 12-2 to back a gem from J.A. Happ

 

 

The Blue Jays pounded out 15 hits and 12 runs behind a great start from J.A. Happ to win the series against the Rangers 3 games to 1. This was the Blue Jays’ highest run total of the season. They are now back to .500 at 15-15.

Toronto Blue Jays 12- Texas Rangers 2

In the first inning, things didn’t go so smoothly for Happ as he allowed a single, a wild pitch and a run scoring single from Prince Fielder. But, after 20 pitches, he’d walk away with just the lone run scored. Then the Blue Jays bats announced their presence. The sent 10 men to the plate with 2 singles, a wild pitch, a walk that loaded the bases, a double from Edwin Encarnacion that scored 3, a fly out, a ground out, a single, a single, a single and then a fly out from Kevin Pillar in his 2nd at bat in the inning. When all was said and done, the run in the first was erased and 4 more were added: 5-1 Blue Jays

Happ would respond by shutting down the Rangers in the 2nd on 12 pitches. He would roll through 7 innings and give up just the one run. It was another gem from the left handed pitcher that was the disappointing alternative to David Price. He’s making us forget all about that guy. His final line: 7 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 5 K on an easy 90 pitches.

Holland’s woes continued in the third inning when Pillar pulled a doubled to LF that scored 2 runs. 7-1 Blue Jays. Jose Bautista grounded out to third base and added another run to make it 8-1. Then Edwin stepped to the plate and blasted a 3 run HR to make it 11-1. In. The. Third. Inning. All told, Holland gave up 5 runs in the first and 6 runs in the 3rd. His line: 2.2 IP, 11 H, 11 ER, 3 BB, HR

 

Edwin continued his hot night with a double in the 6th, which prompted this:

 

Edwin would end his monster night with 2 runs, 3 hits, 6 RBI and a walk. Russell Martin seems to be turning things around with 2 hits and an RBI. Kevin Pillar picked up 3 hits out of the leadoff spot and drove in 2 runs. Facing the possibility of being the only player without a hit, Justin Smoak singled in Josh Donaldson in the 8th inning to bring the score to 12-1.

Chad Girodo pitched a clean 8th inning that included a double play groundball. Ryan Tepera allowed a trio of singles in the 9th inning, which brought in an inconsequential run. 12-2 Blue Jays.

 

 

Game Ball:

This is a tough call as Edwin deserves a nod for his 6 RBI performance, but we have to acknowledge the outing from Happ that held the Rangers to just 1 run. Even without Edwin’s runs, Happ had more than enough to work with. He is now 4-0 on the season.

 

Turning Point:

Edwin’s bases clearing double in the 1st set the tone for the whole game and with Happ tossing the way he was, it would be the only runs needed. It was a relief for some seeing the bats take off right from the get go as many lament the past month of offensive struggles. If you listened to the broadcast, this one game means that the bats are back and the offense is rolling. It might take a few more games before we can say that.

 

News & Notes:

Encanrnacion (202) is just one HR behind Joe Carter (203) on the Blue Jays All Time HR list. He is 20 away from Vernon Wells. That spot is certainly attainable should he remain healthy this season.

 

35,468 were in attendance to see the highest offensive output of the season. They lined up early to get one of those #TBT shirts that pictured the throwback to the Thursday the Blue Jays beat the Rangers to win the ALDS.

Next Game:

The Blue Jays welcome the Dodgers to town who will bring Kenta Maeda and Clayton Kershaw with them. Marcus Stroman will start that series off Friday night. Game time: 7:07pm.

 

 

 

*Featured Image Credit:  Keith Allison UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

 

 

 

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Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.