Game Recap: Jays end home-stand with a blast


Welcome to the Game Recap for Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers

Toronto Blue Jays- 7    Milwaukee Brewers-4

W: Casey Janssen (2-0, 0.95 ERA)  L:  Will Smith (1-1 , 1.36 ERA)

The Blue Jays went out with a bang in their final home game before the All-Star break as they rallied to defeat the Brewers Wednesday afternoon and completed the two game series with a sweep.

J.A Happ took to the hill for the Jays and was roughed up early for a double which ended up scoring on a single by the next batter making it 1-0 in the first.

Jose Bautista answered back in the home-half as, for the second day in a row, he homered to left-centre, good for his 17th of the season.

Happ continued on his quest for success as the Brewers took advantage of Ryan Braun‘s triple off the glove of Colby Rasmus to score two runs. Jonathan Lucroy ended up cashing Braun on a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.

Again, the Jays answered back as Adam Lind singled home Jose Reyes after his lead-off double in the bottom of the third inning. From there, Happ would settle down and pitch almost flawlessly until Gibbons ended his outing. By then, he had pitched seven full innings, surrendering four earned runs on six hits while striking out four.

Happ was fortunate enough to leave with a tied game as Juan Francisco knotted the game at 4-4 when he hit a two run home run in the fourth.

As the game continued, both teams had their chances to run away with a lead. In the bottom of the ninth, after a Reyes lead-off double and an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera, the Jays attempted to sacrifice bunt. However it was to no avail as  Anthony Gose bunted it right back at the pitcher who threw the runner out at third.

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This malfunction would prove to be nothing more than a hiccup in what would turn out to be an incredible ending. Edwin Encarnacion came to the plate with two out, a base empty and in all honesty, shouldn’t have been pitched to. After a few pitches, it appeared he wasn’t going to be but with a 3-1 count Smith delivered a flat breaking ball and Encarnacion made him pay for it with a three-run walk-off home run, winning the game 7-4.

The Jays now take to a lengthy 10 game road trip starting tomorrow in Oakland with R.A Dickey (6-7, 4.24 ERA) taking to the hill against the dominant Sonny Gray (7-3, 3.20 ERA) in attempt to increase their current win streak to three games.