A night after a game where everything suddenly fell apart, the Blue Jays needed a win to avoid dropping down to .500.
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The Blue Jays got an early run off Jose Quintana on an RBI groundout from Jose Bautista which scored Jose Reyes. Quintana held the Blue Jays in check the rest of his start with the exception of a home run which all-star Josh Donaldson smacked to the opposite field. Quintana retired 10 Jays in a row at one point. Quintana lasted 8 innings.
The Jays couldn’t manage to tack on an insurance run against the White Sox relievers.
Felix Doubront cruised through the White Sox line up allowing a just one run in the 2nd inning. He lasted 6.2 innings. He only threw 93 pitches but Gibbons removed him in favour of a better match up against Jose Abreu with one on base.
Gibbons decision proved to be effective as Bo Schultz got Abreu to ground out. Bo Schultz came back out for the 8th and struck out two before Aaron Loup was brought in to face Adam Laroche. Loup elicited a grounder to first to end the frame. Roberto Osuna was charged with the 9th inning. He allowed an infield single and that runner advanced to third with one out. Osuna, showing poise and maturity, got the next two batters to pop out in foul territory to end the game
Who needs to watch Hitchcock films when you can get all the suspense you need watching Blue Jays games.
– The hot hitting Justin Smoak was on the bench again with a lefty on the mound
– Jose Reyes made another late error but this night he was able to erase his mistake starting a double play
– Daniel Norris threw an excellent game in AAA going 7 IP as the Bisons clobbered the Rochester Red Wings. Norris is knocking on the big league door again
– Edwin Encarnacion almost hit a home run in the 9th but the ball hit off the wall and Edwin was thrown out at 2nd