Sunday, August 5, 2018

Game #110 Toronto Blue Jays (51-59) @ Seattle Mariners (63-48) - game recap

Marco Estrada pitched 7 strong innings, carrying a no-hitter into the 7th inning as the Blue Jays defeated the Mariners 5-1 for their third straight victory over the West Coast team

After two games in this four-game set, the Blue Jays have outscored the Mariners 14-5. They were looking to continue the offense against Canadian James Paxton who threw a no-hitter in Toronto on May 8th. Could Paxton repeat the feat or did the Blue Jays prevail? Can Marco Estrada bounce back after a rough outing coming off the DL? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 3rd as Devon Travis singled scoring Kevin Pillar and Randal Grichuk
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 5th as Aledmys Diaz hit a solo HR to left-center
  • James Paxton pitching line: 7IP 8H 3R (all earned) 1BB 7K 105 pitches (78 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 8th as Justin Smoak singled home Pillar
  • The Mariners got on the board in the bottom of the 8th as Ryon Healy scored on a sac fly by Chris Hermann
  • Marco Estrada pitching line: 7IP 1H 1R (earned) 2BB 4K 93 pitches (66 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 9th as Brandon Drury doubled home Diaz
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Mariners 1
My Take

  • Marco Estrada was outstanding today, taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning before Mitch Haniger broke it up with a one out double down the left field line. He might have had a shutout too but Ryan Tepera allowed the inherited runner to score. This was vintage Estrada tonight with lots of lazy fly ball outs and weak contact made. If he keeps pitching like this, he could be traded to a contender later in the month.
  • The Mariners are reeling and quickly losing ground to the Oakland A's for the second wild card spot. They are currently 2.5 games back of Oakland.
  • Randal Grichuk, Devon Travis, Aledmys Diaz, Brandon Drury and Kevin Pillar all had multi-hit games.
  • Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte were the only Blue Jays not to get a hit
  • I was disgusted seeing the streaker enter the field of play. Who knows what his intentions were. Hopefully he was not a Blue Jays fan.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for the series sweep as ex-Mariners pitcher Sam Gaviglio pitches against Mariners righty Mike Leake