The Toronto Blue Jays started off an important home series with the division rival Baltimore Orioles on the right foot tonight with a 12-6 win in front of 21,446 fans at Rogers Centre.
Kevin Gausman made his Major League debut for the Orioles. He pitched well early but left the game with an official line of 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB and 5 SO. He took the loss but based on his nasty changeup I think that this kid has a pretty strong future ahead of him.
Edwin Encarnacion and J.P. Arencibia led the charge for the Blue Jays with 4 RBIs each. I’m assuming J.P. did some Jays Journal reading last night so you can thank us for the motivation. The Blue Jays looked to be dominating before Brandon Morrow started pitching to the score and allowed the Orioles to get back to within 2 runs in the top of the eighth.
The Jays answered right back, highlighted by some bad Orioles defense that led to a crazy slide when Anthony Gose took home from second on a passed ball. These young kids sure are exciting to watch play baseball – it probably wasn’t the smartest decision but it fired up everyone in the stadium! The Jays piled on after that to earn a lead that even Brad Lincoln couldn’t give up.
For a full play-by-play of the game including updates every half-inning, make sure to check out the May 23 Game Thread.