Toronto Blue Jays Highlights and Lowlights: Jays Take Opener in Milwaukee

 

The Toronto Blue Jays head to “The Good Land” to avenge their first two losses of the season and take on the first-place Beermakers.

 

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The Blue Jays are not regular visitors here, but Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers were coming here as early as the late 1600s to trade with the Native Americans. You might ask yourself,  “isn’t “Milwaukee” an Indian name?” And yes, Pete, it is. Actually, it’s pronounced “mill-e-wah-que” which is Algonquin for “the good land.”

 

Lineups

 

Toronto Blue Jays:

 

Beermakers of The Good Land:

Starting Pitcher Match-Up

 

Results

 

Blue Jays 4 R, 9 H, 0 E

Brewers 3 R, 5 H, 0 E

 

Highlights

While all Belgian singles, the Blue Jays opened up against the Brewers strong, with five hits (and a walk) the first time through the order, with Ryan Goins and Joe Biagini delivering RBIs. Eventually, the exit velocities started to rise and a hard-struck single by Jose Bautista was followed by a bourbon-barreled bomb from Kendrys Morales:

https://twitter.com/TheRenderMLB/status/867186408389214209

 

Danny Barnes crushed the Brewers’ rally in the fifth (one out, runners on second and third) like a fine Canadian lager on a hot August afternoon. After inheriting the two runners from Biagini, Barnes struck out Ryan Braun and Certificated Blue Jays Killer Travis Shaw to end the threat. But it wasn’t only Barnes (1.2 IP, 3 K.) Ryan Tepera (1 BB, 1 HBP, 2 K, 1.0 IP),  Joe Smith (1 IP, 2 K) fermented up a brilliant night capped by a Roberto Osuna (1 IP, 1 K) save as the Brewers capitulated by striking out for eight of their final 12 outs.

 

Jose Bautista was just fine at third base, starting a double play in the second inning smoother than a vanilla oatmeal stout – thanks in part to a strong throw from Devon Travis. There likely won’t be any metrics out there to support this, but while Donaldson is out, Bautista isn’t such a bad idea at third base. Coghlan is likely better on defense than Bautista at both RF an 3B, so sending Joey Bats to play third for a few days and probably a negligible amount of chances might not hurt so much if it means Coghlan bats instead of Darwin Barney (who is ice cold.) Not to mention the guy thrives on people telling him he cannot do something.

 

One of the few nice things about having to bat with the pitchers is the opportunity for some guys to pinch hit when they’d normally be sitting. That guy on Tuesday night was Anthony Alford:

 

https://twitter.com/TheRenderMLB/status/867197194763370503

 

Cheers to Anthony Alford!

Lowlights

The Jays continued to hit into Dubbel plays, with Kendrys Morales quenching a rally in the first inning and Chris Coghlan‘s party foul in the sixth.

 

Ezequiel Carrera was 0-for-4 with a fielder’s choice, strikeout, strikeout and a first-pitch pop-up and stranding four runners. From the No. 2 spot in the lineup. The good news is that after his double, Anthony Alford took over in RF (and then LF.)

 

Joe Biagini started out well, but come the bottom of the fifth inning, the Brewers dinked their way back into the game with four singles before being pulled with one out in the fifth. We can’t expect too much more from Baigini who was making just his fourth start of the season. His last two have been excellent aside from one inning in each.

 

(My apologies for breaking the third wall here, but this is the shortest Lowlights section I have written this season.)

 

Noteworthy

Injury updates!

 

Yes, that will do.

 

Player of the Game

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Roy-Z

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.