Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & Lowlights: Tigers a Pain in the Neck For Liriano


The Toronto Blue Jays couldn’t continue their winning ways and may have lost more than the game against the Tigers


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The Toronto Blue Jays started the second half of the season with a win against the Tigers and hoped to continue their winning ways to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. They sent Francisco Liriano to the mound against Michael Fulmer. Liriano would be pulled from the game in the 3rd inning. And, it was all downhill form there as there was precious little in the way of highlights.


Toronto Blue Jays:  1 R,  2 H,  0 E
Detroit Tigers:  11 R,  14 H, 0 E



Starting Pitching Matchup





With Toronto down in the 4th, Jose Bautista led off with a walk and would advance on a wild pitch. A Russell Martin ground out and one form Josh Donaldson (RBI) allowed Bautista to score their first run. While it was only one run and made but a dent in the deficit, once again, the Blue Jays managed to manufacture a run, which would be nice to see more of.


And, um….yeah. That’s about it.



The Blue Jays bats were once again the definition of futile. They got a single from Kendrys Morales in the 2nd inning and didn’t pick up their next one until the 8th inning. There was little to no solid contact all night from any bat. While you can credit a great effort from Fulmer, you have to think the hitters dropped the ball in this one. When Fulmer did make a mistake, Toronto was only able to make weak contact.


On the third pitch Liriano threw in the game, Nick Castellanos deposited his 11th home run of the season to right field and all Jose Bautista could do was watch it go. The Tigers went up 1-0 early on. The rest if the inning was a rather successful nine pitch effort. The second inning was a little more frustrating as Lirano gave up another run  on weak contact and a walk. Mikie Mahtook singled on a deep grounder to short stop that Tulo had to range a long way to his right just to get to. A walk to James McCann and then a cheap bloop single scored the Tigers second run of the game.


The third inning saw Lirano start with back to back to back walks to Castellanos, Justin Upton and then Miguel Cabrera. He loaded the bases with no one out. He was not looking right this inning. Not at all.


Something was up as a visit from Pete Walker and then John Gibbons saw Liriano walk off the field with the trainer. Mike Bolsinger entered the game with a 2-0 count on J.D. Martinez. He threw one pitch and Martinez laced a single to left, which scored two more runs.


Obviously, the bigger picture has to do with the health of Liriano, but this would have been a good time to bring in someone who you can use in high leverage, like Ryan Tepera, or even Danny Barnes. Use one of them to end the inning and then have Bolsinger start a fresh inning next time. But, nope. That didn’t happen. Bolsinger would allow all of Liriano’s runner to score. 5-0 Tigers.


The 6th inning saw Bolsinger give up a single to Iglesias and a walk to Kinsler. A line out allowed Iglesias to take third. Runners on the corners with one out allowed Upton to ground out and bring in the 6th run for the Tigers. With a runner on, Miguel Cabrera stepped up and cranked a two run job to left field. 8-1 Tigers. Bolsinger’s line: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR


Aaron Loup cam eon in the 8th inning and gave up a single to Upton and Cabrera, which put two runners on for J.D. Martinez. All he did was go opposite field for a 3-run shot to put the Tigers up 11-1.




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