Blue Jays win in the 11th inning to extend win streak


The Toronto Blue Jays entered Saturdays game on a high from Friday nights comeback victory that extended their win streak to 9 games. Hoping to continue the streak and push it to 10 straight games the Blue Jays sent out pitcher R.A. Dickey to the mound. The Boston Red Sox countered with veteran Clay Buchholz. Both pitchers have losing records and were looking to get their season moving into the right direction.

Both pitchers started out the game exactly as they would have liked. Both getting a 3 up and 3 down.

In the top of the 2nd inning Edwin Encarnacion led off the inning with a long single off the left field wall. Chris Colabello hit an infield single to deep short. Edwin hustled to 2nd base and beat the toss. Russell Martin hit a single to left field to load up the bases with no outs. Justin Smoak struck out looking on a questionable call for the first out. Kevin Pillar hit a single to left field to score a run. The bases remained loaded with one out. Ryan Goins hit a first pitch fast ball up the middle to score two runs. Pillar and Goins both advanced on the throw home to put both runners in scoring position. Jose Reyes popped up to short and Josh Donaldson hit a ground ball out to end the inning. The Jays jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

Pablo Sandoval picked up the Red Sox first hit with a two out double to left field. After a pass ball by Russell Martin Sandoval was able to advance to 3rd base.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Rusney Castillo had a home run taken away by a great catch by Jose Bautista at the wall.

In the top of the 4th inning Kevin Pillar picked up his 2nd hit of the game with a two out single to center field. Ryan Goins followed that up with his 2nd single of the game as well. Jose Reyes hit the 3rd straight two out single scoring Pillar. Josh Donaldson ground out to end the inning, but the Blue Jays extended the lead to 4-0.

Hanley Ramirez picked up the Red Sox 2nd hit of the game with a one out single to center field in the 4th inning. David Ortiz was issues the fist walk of the game to put two runners on base. Russell Martin let another pass ball get by him to advance the runners. Xander Bogaerts hit a single to center field. Another passed ball by Russell Martin advanced the runners. Pablo Sandoval singled to clear the bases and make it a 4-3 game. Josh Donaldson dropped a ball that could have been a double play but the runner was safe after the bobble. A fly ball and a ground out to Dickey finally ended the inning. The Blue Jays still held on to the lead but it was a one run lead.

Jose Bautista drew a lead off walk in the top of the 5th inning. Edwin Encarnacion struck out swinging and then Chris Colabello hit into a double play to end the inning.

David Ortiz launched a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the 6th to tie up the game. Alejandro De Aza smashed a two out double to left field but was stranded on base after Rusney Castillo ground out to 3rd base.

Tommy Lane came in to pitch the 7th inning for the Red Sox. Jeff Bianchi came into the game as a defensive replacement at 3rd to replace Pablo Sandoval. Both Ryan Goins and Jose Reyes attempted bunt singles to 3rd but both were thrown out. Alexi Ogando came in to pitch to Josh Donaldson and got him to fly out to center field.

Liam Hendricks came in to the game to pitch the 7th inning for the Blue Jays. Both pitchers could only make it to the 6 inning mark. Dustin Padroia picked up a one out single to left field. Brock Holt also hit a single to center field to make it back to back hits. Hanley Ramirez hit the 3rd straight single to load up the bases with only one out. Liam Hendricks was able to pick up two huge strike outs to end the inning.

Chris Colabello picked up a single to right field with two outs in the 8th inning. Ezequiel Carrera came in to pinch run for Colabello. Russell Martin grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Red Sox brought in their closer Koji Uehara to pitch the 9th inning. Justin Smoak led off the inning with a single to left field. Danny Valencia came in to pinch run for Justin. Kevin Pillar popped up an attempted bunt to 1st base. Ryan Goins hit a pop up to 2nd base for the 2nd out. Jose Reyes struck out to end the 9th inning.

Steve Delabar came in to pitch the bottom of the 9th inning for the Blue Jays.

With two outs in the top of the 10th Edwin Encarnacion hit a single to left field. Ezequiel Carrera popped up in foul ground to end the inning.

Steve Delabar stayed in to retire Hanley Ramirez. Aaron Loup came in to the 10th inning with one out.

Russell Martin hit a huge solo home run to lead off the 11th inning. That shot gave the Blue Jays the lead going in to the bottom of the 11th. Brett Cecil came in to pitch the bottom of the 11th.

Game Notes:

  • Jose Reyes extended his hit streak to 10 games. Including today he has hit .357 over the span of the hit streak.
  • Kevin Pillar picked up his 4th mulit-hit game in the last 9.
  • Justin Smoak continued to hit the ball fairly well in June. Today he only went 1-4 with a single but and dropped his monthly average slightly but still kept it to a respectable .294.
  • Russell Martin was not on point today as he had 3 pass balls. Two of which were crucial to allowing the Red Sox picking up 3 runs in the 4th inning.
  • Josh Donaldson was held hitless for only the 3rd time in the last 19 games.
  • Russell Martin hit a game winning solo home run in the 11th to extend the Blue Jays win streak to 10.


B. The offense did fairly well against Clay Buchholz but got shut down by the Red Sox bullpen. They were able to grab a few hits and score 4 runs in regulation. Chris Colabello, Kevin Pillar, Edwin Encarnacion and Ryan Goins all had a multi-hit day. Ryan Gions would have had the game ball for his day at the plate but Russell Martin had redemption in the top of the 11th with a game winning home run.. Game Ball. Russell Martin. OFFENSE

C-. R.A. Dickey pitched fairly well aside from one inning of work. He was cruising along until the 4th inning. He didn`t have much help from Russell Martin today who allowed 3 passed balls. Each looked catchable but couldn`t be hauled in. The pass balls pushed runners into scoring position to make it easier to score the 3 runs. In Dickey fashion he did give up a home run, luckily with nobody on base. On paper it will go down as a quality start with the errors to Martin. The final line was 6.0 IP, 5 K, 1 BB , 4 R but only 3 ER.. . R.A. Dickey. STARTING PITCHER

Liam Henricks came in to the game and pitch 2 innings. He got into a bit of trouble in the 7th allowing 3 straight singles but pitched his way out of the jam. Steve Delabar pitched a clean 9th inning. Aaron Loup came in to the 10th inning and picked up two clean outs. Brett Cecil came in and closed out the game for his 4th save of the season. The Bullpen pitched very well with a combined line of 5 IP, 3 H, and 5 K.. Game Ball. Steve Delabar. BULLPEN . A