Friday, June 8, 2018

Game #63 Baltimore Orioles (19-43) @ Toronto Blue Jays (28-35) - game recap

JA Happ pitched 7 strong innings for his 100th career win as the Blue Jays won their second straight game with a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles

After a terrific comeback victory last night, the Blue Jays were looking for their first multi-game win streak since April 29-30. This is an ideal opponent to string some wins together as the Orioles have been even worse than the Blue Jays. Offensively, Manny Machado is the main threat to worry about, and he could be traded in the next 6 weeks or so. Here is today's game recap.

Game highlights

  • The Orioles took the lead in the top of the as Danny Valencia scored on a fielding error by Devon Travis on a grounder hit by Trey Mancini
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd as Russell Martin hit a solo HR to left
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the 5th on a HR into the Blue Jays bullpen
  • The Blue Jays added to the lead in the bottom of the 6th as Russell Martin singled home Teoscar Hernandez
  • JA Happ pitching line: 7IP 2H 1R (unearned) 2BB 3K 105 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • Andrew Cashner pitching line: 6IP 9H 3R (all earned) 2BB 4K 95 pitches (53 for strikes)
  • Hernandez tripled home Yangervis Solarte in the bottom of the 7th
  • Kevin Pillar added another insurance run in the bottom of the 8th with a solo HR to left
  • JA Happ got his 100th win of his career
  • Ryan Tepera notched his 3rd save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Orioles 1
My take

  • JA Happ was his usual excellent self, throwing 7 strong innings of 2 hit ball. He got stronger as the game went on, needing just nine pitches to  get out of the 6th inning. It was Happ's 100th career win so congrats to him.
  • The Jays offense is definitely coming around, but they are still relying heavily on the home run. Three of the runs they scored tonight were off the long ball. Russell Martin had a good night at the plate with 2 hits, including the game-tying HR. Aledmys Diaz was 3-4, including a double. The Blue Jays hit double digits in hits in back-to-back games for the first time since April 29-30 -- their last winning streak!
  • Key play in the bottom of the 9th: Danny Valencia was thrown out at second base by Teoescar Hernandez trying to stretch a single into a double. Replay appeared to show Valencia was safe on the play
  • Every Blue Jay in the starting lineup got on base at least once and all but Justin Smoak got at least one base hit. They say hitting is contagious and that was proven tonight.
  • Up next, Aaron Sanchez looks to keep things rolling for the starting pitchers as he takes the mound against Orioles righty Kevin Gausman. The Blue Jays will also be looking for their third straight win.