Blue Jays Game Recap: Welcome to Tulo’s World!

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You would think that more people would have flocked to the Rogers Centre to see their new Blue Jay, Troy Tulowitzki. But, it was a rather sparse crowd. When he led off the bottom of the 1st inning, he did get a standing ovation as a welcome to Toronto.

And, what an impression his new team made on him and vice versa. R.A. Dickey was on point this evening. The offense was clicking, every batter had a hit, Twitter was happy. It was a good night to be a Blue Jays fan.

Game Score:

6. 8. 39. Final. 2

Game Notes:

  • Tulo struck out in his first at bat. But, that was of little consequence because he more than made up for it with his first home run as a Blue Jay. It drove in Ryan Goins who singled. It opened the scoring- 2-0. He led off the 5th with a double.
  • R.A. Dickey had it working early. The knuckleball was doing knuckleball things.

    Jose Bautista

    drove in his 67th RBI of the season in the 5th after Tulo’s double. Then

    Russell Martin

    knocked

    Jerome Williams

    out of the game with an opposite field double. That brought the score to 4-0. It was good to see since the broadcast felt it necessary to focus so much on his thumb getting jammed a bit by the knuckleball. He looked fine on that stroke.

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  • After a leadoff single by Ezequiel Carerra in the 6th, Phillies pitcher, Justin DeFratus attempted to pick him off. It didn’t work. The ball was air mailed and Zeke managed to scoot all the way to third. Kevin Pillar didn’t want him hanging around there too long and lifted a sac fly to right to bring the score to 5-0.
  • Tulo continued to endear himself to Toronto in the 6th with his second double of the evening and his 3rd hit of the game. It drove in Ryan Goins to make it 6-0.

  • If the score of 6-0 wasn’t enough for Josh Donaldson, he laced a single and took an extra base when the Phillies missed the cutoff. It was a bit greasy, but kind of awesome too. We’ll call it heads up baseball. Bautista followed with a sharp ground ball that could only be knocked down. Safe all around. Bases loaded, 1 out for Chris Colabello.
  • Lost of people thought that Justin Smoak should have been in the lineup with Encarnacion out. John Gibbons elected to go with Colabello since he has better numbers. Colabello responded with a sac fly in the 6th to bring the score to 7-0.
  • In the 7th inning, Dominic Brown reached on a challenged call at first was ruled “safe”. He eventually came in after a wild pitch was chased down by Martin who threw it to first, which didn’t work as the ball trickled to Goins at 2nd. That allowed the Phillies their first run to make it 7-1.

    In the 7th, Ryan Goins drove in Pillar (who singled) with a double to LCF. 8-1 Blue Jays.

  • Ryan Howard drove in a run in the 8th off of Dickey to bring it to 8-2.
  • Grades:

    R.A. Dickey. STARTER . A+. Dickey had that knuckler working well tonight. There was no point in the game where it felt like he was on the ropes or in any kind of danger. Yes, it was against the Phillies, but still. This is the kind of start that we love to see. A start where Dickey and the offense are working together is quite magical. Dickey’s final line: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, ZERO ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

    A+. How can we give the game ball to anyone else? Tulo made his debut tonight and did not disappoint. There will lots of sjirts and jerseys flying off the shelves. And, he’s here for 5 more years. At least. Tulo went 3-5 with a HR and two doubles and 3 RBI! How’s thatfor a debut?. Game Ball. Troy Tulowitzki. OFFENSE

    A. This was kind of easy since there was only one guy who came out of the bullpen thanks to a great start from Dickey. But, Schultz’ last outing wasn’t so hot in Seattle, so it was a good spot to get him back in a game and on track. He was throwing heat and making it look easy. He got the first two hitters to ground out before striking out <strong><a href=. Game Ball. <strong>Bo Schultz</strong>. BULLPEN

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