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Game Thread 21: Blue Jays (11-9) vs Orioles (9-10)


Maybe a bit overshadowed by the Raptors win yesterday was the power of the Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup; which propelled them to a convincing 9-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the series opener. RA Dickey gave up a 3-run homerun to Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning but still pitched to a quality start. Right-hander Neil Wagner came on with two men on in the seventh and replaced by lefty Brett Cecil (still sporting a 0.00 ERA) who got out of a bases loaded jam with a strikeout coming courtesy of a nasty breaking ball. Steve Delabar got the win after pitching the eighth with Esmil Rogers finishing the game off in the ninth.

It seems as if Toronto likes to play against Baltimore (never thought I would say that this season), with their two highest scoring games coming against them. All the runs scored by both teams were all 3-run homeruns. Baltimore and Cruz struck first by taking Dickey to centre. Then Edwin Encarnacion picked a good time to hit his first homer of the season to tie the game up against Miguel Gonzalez. Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera both hit 3-run blasts in the eighth inning to seal the win for Toronto without another stressful inning for Sergio Santos (and the fans).

Tonight will be a rematch of the thrilling April 11 showdown when Toronto and Dustin McGowan went into Baltimore and stole a win from Chris Tillman and the Orioles. That was the McGowan’s best pitching performance and first win in years. 6.1 scoreless innings against a good hitting Baltimore team. That game Toronto scored their 2 runs off of errors made by Baltimore.

Tillman brings his 1.71 ERA and McGrown will face the Baltimore Orioles hitters in the hitting friendly Rogers Centre. The Jays have been really inconsistent when it comes to everything on a baseball field. Pitching (exception to Mark Buehrle) have been up and down, the lineup had been hot and cold, and the bullpen is in need of injured closer of Casey Janssen.

But maybe yesterday provided signs of a turn around. The offense exploded for 9 runs on 3 homeruns and the bullpen got out of some tight jams.

 

Orioles Lineup

Nick Markakis, RF
Nelson Cruz, DH
Chris Davis, 1B
Adam Jones. CF
Matt Weiters, C
JJ Hardy, SS
Ryan Flaherty, 3B
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
David Lough, LF

Chris Tillman, P

Blue Jays Lineup

Jose Reyes, SS
Melky Cabrera, LF
Jose Bautista, RF
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Juan Francisco, 1B
Dioner Navarro, C
Colby Rasmus, CF
Brett Lawrie, 3B
Ryan Goins, 2B

Dustin McGowan, P

 

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  • Jason Ramnauth

    First pitch for the rogers centre soon to come. welcome jays fans

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    Markakis caught looking at strike three. McGowan starts the game on with a three pitch strikeout

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      Last year’s homerun champ Chris Davis takes McGowan to deep centre. Baltimore up 1-0

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        Adam Jones takes McGowan to the Warning track but the inning is over

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    Reyes grounds out

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      followed by a double by melky

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        Bautista strikes out

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          EE pops up inning over

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    Top 2nd

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      Weiters grounds to first on one pitch

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        Rasmus runs down a fly ball in centre two away

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          Looks like Dustin fielded that ball from nothing but self defence. 4 pitch inning for McGowan

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    Bottom 2nd

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      Juan hit by pitch to start the inning

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        Navarro singles, Juan to third

        • Jason Ramnauth

          looks like the quick inning by McGowan didn’t let Tillman catch his breathe

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            Colby grounds it back to the pitcher, but Tillman elects to go home and get Juan in a run down.

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            Brett Lawrie hits a 3-run homerun

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            “That was tagged” says Jose Bautista in the dugout

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            Goins Walks, one on one out

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            Jose Reyes now goes deep!!! 5-1 Toronto!!

          • Jason Ramnauth

            So that’s how a it feels to beat your big brother

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            Melky stays hot with a single

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            Jose Walks

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            broken bat single for Edwin, Melky scores. Bautista to second still one out

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            Juan strikes out looking on a nasty curveball.

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            Dioner flies out, inning over. 6-1 for toronto

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Just saw a statistic on the screen, Toronto starters have the lower ERA in the AL East

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    Top 3rd

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      Schoop takes a pitch over Melky’s head and ends up at second

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        Lough caught looking on strike three, one out

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          Nick singles in Lough, 6-2

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            Markakis caught in a run down. tagged out

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            Nelson Cruz hits a solo homerun to extend the inning

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            Chris Davis strikes out, inning over

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Just got in. My Boy, Lawrie at it again! The boys are on fire!

    • Jason Ramnauth

      I always liked out line up

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        If the offense and pitching can be “on” at the same time. It is going to be fun.

        I’ve said it before…this is a different team than last year.

        • Jason Ramnauth

          I agree,
          the same but different

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            very different

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    Bottom 3rd

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      Rasmus strikes out

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        Lawrie strikes out for our two

        • Jason Ramnauth

          Goins grounds out, very quiet inning for the jays, still up 6-3

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    So, Michael Pineda had pine tar on his neck! And, got caught. Ejection. Suspension coming.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      maybe the yanks will cool down.

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        It’s frustrating, but they find a way. I just can’t believe he did it after suspicion was raised about him doing it recently. The look on his face when he was tossed showed NO shock at all. He knew he cheated and was busted.

        • Jason Ramnauth

          they all do it

        • Kyle Franzoni

          I wonder what was going through his mind to think he could do it again, and against the Red Sox, who blew it off last time.

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            And, a HUGE patch right out in the open on his neck! It’s like he didn’t even try to hide it.

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    Top 4th

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      McGowan strikes out Adam Jones

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        Weiters follows up with another strikeout

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          fly ball to Melky inning over.

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    Bottom 4th

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      Reyes swings and misses for out number one

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        I don’t know how but the got Melky out, 2 away

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          Bautista takes one the other way for a single

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            Loud fly out off the bat of Edwin’s bat, inning over

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Shout out to cousin Kimberly, trying to follow her first game thread, good luck homie

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    Top 5th

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      Flaherty leads it off with a four pitch walk

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        visit on the mound follows back to back strikes

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          Schoop grounds it off McGowan’s glove and results in runners on first and second, no out

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            Lough gets hit by pitch, bases loaded no one out

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            McGowan is out, Redmond is in

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            Infield fly ladies and gentlemen

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            bases still loaded, but one out

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            Redmond pitches against Cruz who already homered in this game

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            Cruz hits a grand slam 7-6 Baltimore, one out

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            Chris Davis singles to centre

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            Adam Jones just singled to the exact place where Davis just did, runners on first and second, one out

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            Matt Weiters hits it off the wall, Davis scores, runners on third and second, still one out

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            very very deep sac fly for JJ Hardy, 9-6 Baltimore

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            Lefty JA Happ is called out of the bullpen to replace Todd Redmond, hopeful he can stop the damage

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            Happ walks the first batter he faces

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            Schoop strikes out to end the inning. Baltimore up 9-6

          • Kyle Franzoni

            This is a huge mess for Redmond to get out of and the wrong part of the O’s order to have to do it against.

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    Bottom 5th

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      Juan strikes out to lead off the inning

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        Dioner flies out to left for the second out

        • Jason Ramnauth

          Colby is out, blue jays follow bleeding with a quiet inning

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    A quick 1-2-3 inning is not what the Jays need!

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    Top 6th

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      Lough bunts into an out, followed by a single by Nick Markakis

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        strikeout and ground out by Cruz and Davis and the inning is over

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    Bottom 6th

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      Lawrie pops out to lead off the inning

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        RYAN GOINS HITS A HOMERUN!!!!!!!!! MIRCALES DO HAPP-EN

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          Melky stays hot with a single

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            Ryan Webb comes in to replace Chris Tillman

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            Bautista walk, Melky advances to second, 2 out

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            foul tip, Edwin is out, 9-7 Baltimore

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    Top 7th

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      Jones strikes out

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        Weiters gets into the homerun derby, and hits a solo shot. 10-7 Baltimore

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          Hardy grounds to second

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            fly out to Colby, 10-7, Baltimore

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    Bottom 7th

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      Brian Matusz in to start the seventh

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        Juan strikes out to lead off the Jays seventh

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          Dioner bloops one in for a single

          • Jason Ramnauth

            Crowd seems like they have checked out the game, just like the jays bats

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            base hit off of the pitcher’s glove, Lawrie on first, Doiner on second, 2 out

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            Darren O’Day in to face pinch hitter Josh Thole

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            Thole hits one up the middle, Doiner scores, Lawrie to second

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            Reyes hit a foul ball, may be fair,

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            turns out to be foul, but that would have caused trouble for Baltimore with Melky on deck

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            Reyes strikes out to inning the threat

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    Top 8th

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      Jonathon Diaz in to replace Ryan Goins at second

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        four pitch walk for Schoop

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          Happ throws out Lough, but Schoop advances to second

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            Aaron Loup replaces JA Happ

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            Melky makes a nice catch in left, 2 out

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            intentional walk to Cruz brings the lefty Davis up to face the left-handed Loup

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            Davis grounds into the shift. inning over

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    Bottom 8th

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      Melky strikes out to begin the inning

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        Bautista reaches out for a slider and gets it over JJ Hardy’s head

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          Edwin grounds into a double play. inning over

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    Top 9th

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      Sergio Santos is in to finish this game

      • Jason Ramnauth

        Still down by 2

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          Jones flies out to centre

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            Weiters bloops one in for a single

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            Lawrie steals a base hit away and starts the double play, hopefully that brings some momentum at the plate

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    Bottom 9th

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Rally caps on

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Juan strikes out to lead off the inning, again

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        Dioner singles to first

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          Rasmus also singles

          • Jason Ramnauth

            lets hope Lawire catch just now fires up his bat too

          • Jason Ramnauth

            Lawire inside outs a swing and now the bases are loaded!!

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            Diaz grounds into a double play, game over

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            where is kawasaki when you need him eh?

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Tommy Hunter in to close out this game

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Final 10-8 Baltimore, rubber match tomorrow