Blue Jays lose slug fest to the Royals, 11-10

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Sunday afternoon marked the third and final game of the three game set. The first two games were split marking this game the rubber match. The Blue Jays hoping for a much needed series win sent out Felix Doubront. The Royals countered with their veteran Edinson Vólquez.

Jose Reyes led off the game with a single to left field. Devin Travis followed that up with a single up center. Jose Bautista hit a fly ball to deep right field to advance Reyes to 3rd base. Edwin Encarnacion struck out swinging for the 2nd out. Devon Travis stole 2nd base while the defense was indifferent. Chris Colabello hit a ground ball to short and was thrown out to strand the two lead off runners.

In the bottom of the 1st inning Alcides Escobar led off with a single of his own. Mike Moustakas popped up in the infield to short for the 1st out. Lorenzo Cain hit the 2nd single of the inning to left field. Eric Hosmer hit a single to left field and advanced to 2nd base on the throw to 3rd. Kendrys Morales hit a three run home run to center field. Salvador Pérez hit a ball to short but reached base on a fielder error to Jose Reyes. Omar Infante hit a double to left center field scoring another run. Alex Rios hit a ground ball to short for the 2nd out of the inning. Paulo Orlando hit a ball to deep short and beat out the throw for an infield single and an RBI. Alcides Escobar struck out to end the inning.

Danny Valencia hit a one out infield single. Kevin Pillar reached on a fielder`s choice and advanced to 2nd base on an arrant throw to 1st. Kevin Pillar was thrown out trying to steal 3rd base to end the inning.

Mike Moustakas led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with a single to left field. Lorenzo Cain reached base on a fielder`s choice. Eric Hosmer ground into a double play to end the inning.

In the top of the 4th Edwin Encarnacion drew a one out walk. Chris Colabello drew the 2nd walk in a row. Russell Martin hit into a double play to end the inning.

Lorenzo Cain led off the bottom of the 5th with a double off of Chris Colabello`s glove on what was a very makeable play. Eric Hosmer hit a single to score another run but was thrown out trying to make it to 2nd base. Kendrys Morales ground out to the pitcher for the 2nd out. Salvador Perez struck out to end the inning.

Jose Reyes led off the top of the 6th with an infield single. Devon Travis reached base on an error by Mike Moustakas to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Jose Bautista hit a double down the right field line to score Jose Reyes. Edwin Encarnacion hit a ground ball to 3rd and was thrown out but Devon Travis scored on the play. Jose Bautista stole 3rd base with the Royals defense indifferent. Chris Colabello drew a walk to put runners on the corners with one out. That marked the end of the day for Edinson Volquez. Ryan Madson came in to pitch to Russell Martin. Russell Martin reached base on an error by Omar Infante, Jose Bautista scored on the play. Danny Valencia hit a double to right center field scoring both of the runners on base. Kevin Pillar hit a double to left field scoring another run. Ezequiel Carrera hit a single to right field scoring another run and advanced to 2nd on the throw home. Jose Reyes hit a fly ball to shallow center for the 2nd out. Devon Travis hit a single to right field scoring the go ahead run. Kelvin Herrera came in to pitch for the Royals. Jose Bautista ground out to end the inning.

Steve Delabar came in to pitch the bottom of the 6th inning. Omar Infante and Alex Rios hit back to back singles to start out the inning. Paulo Orlando dropped down a sacrifice bunt to advance both of the runners. Alcides Escobar hit a ball to short but went right through Reyes legs and also Chris Colabello failed to pick up the ball. Both of the runners on base score and Escobar was able to advance to 2nd base on the defensive blunder. Aaron Loup entered the game to pitched to Mike Moustakas. Mike Moustakas was hit by the first pitch he saw by Aaron Loup to be issued a free pass to 1st base. Lorenzo Cain hit a single to score another run. Eric Hosmer struck out for the 2nd out of the inning. Kendrys Morales ground out to short to end the inning.

In the top of the 7th Chris Colabello reached base on an error with one out. Russell Martin hit a double to the gap in right center to score Colabello from 1st. Russell Martin advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch but was thrown out after taking a wide turn to home plate. Danny Valencia popped out to end the inning.

Brett Cecil came in to pitch the bottom of the 7th inning and picked up a 1-2-3 inning.

Wade Davis entered the game to pitch the top of the 8th for the Royals. Kevin Pillar led off with a triple to right field. Ezequiel Carrera struck out for the 1st out. Jose Reyes hit a single to center field to tie up the game. Devon Travis struck out for the 2nd out of the inning. Jose Bautista got tossed out of the game after arguing balls and strikes. Justin Smoak entered the game with a 1-2 count. Justin popped up to center to end the inning.

Bo Schultz entered the game in the bottom of the 8th for the Blue Jays. Paulo Orlando led off with a solo home run to left field. Alcides Escobar flew out to left field. Mike Moustakas hit a single to right field. Lorenzo Cain hit into an inning ending double play.

Greg Holland entered the game to try and close out the game. Chris Colabello drew a one out walk. The game was closed on a strike out throw out double play.

10. 39. Final. 11. 7

Game Notes:

  • Felix Doubront got hit hard in the 1st inning but had little help from the defense. Two errors were committed in the inning. There should have been another error in the 5th. Despite that he left the game as the pitcher on record for the win. He would eventually be credited with a no decision after further defensive mistakes cost additional runs.
  • The Blue Jays defense was a major issue. They had errors in both the infield and outfield. They also had plenty of poor throwing decisions.
  • This team can never be counted out. They put up an 8 spot in the 6th inning to take the lead after being down 7 runs.
  • The #1 offense in the majors showed they can do it against even one of the better pitching staffs in the major. After being shut out in game 1 of the series they came back to put up 16 runs over the next two games.
  • Jose Bautista has been pretty calm for awhile. It was only a matter of time before he got fired up again. Sadly this time it was in a case of balls and strike with the home plate umpire. That is an argument that can never be won. He was tossed from the game with the go ahead runner on base in the 8th inning. Not the best time to have one of your best hitters to get thrown out of the game.

Grades:

A+. The offense did all they could today. Despite a slow start they were able to put up 8 runs in the 6th inning. They clawed their way back into the game after falling behind again. The grade will always be an A+ on 10 runs and 12 hits. Jose Reyes picks up another game ball after back to back 3 hit days. Today it was 3 singles and a run. That’s exactly what you want from your lead off hitter. Danny Valencia, Devon Travis, and Kevin Pillar picked up multiple hits.. Game Ball. Jose Reyes. OFFENSE

C-. Felix got roughed up a bit in the first inning. He could have gotten out of the inning giving up only 4 but the defense dropped the ball. He gave up 6 runs total in the 1st and another in the 5th. I will score an error to Colabello and say unofficially Felix had a final line of 5 IP, 7 R, 4 ER, 2K, and 0 BB.  . . Felix Doubront. STARTING PITCHER

F. The bullpen was needed to pick up four innings. Right away Steve Delabar gave up 3 runs on only one out blowing the lead. Aaron Loup gave up a hit that added runs of record for Delabar. Brett Cecil came in and pitched a clean 7th inning. Bo Schultz gave up a go ahead home run. After the Royals took the lead the pen was not needed to pitch the 9th. Their combined line was 3 IP, 4 R, 1 K, and 0 BB.. Game Ball. Brett Cecil. BULLPEN

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