Game Recap: Blue Jays Dominate the Athletics

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The Blue Jays were coming into tonight’s game looking for their 10th straight win. If they were able to pull it off, it would be their second 10 game win streak of the season. This win streak has had a different feel to it. The Blue Jays aren’t just winning the laughers, they’re also winning the close and low scoring ones. In fact most of the wins in this streak haven’t been blowouts. They’re winning every way there is to win. Although this particular game tonight turned into a laugher early on.

The relentless Jays bats tore A’s starter Aaron Brooks apart. Brooks only lasted 1.2 IP and was charged with 8 earned runs. Chris Colabello hit a 3 run home run in the 1st inning with Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki on board. The offensive did even more damage in the 2nd. They brought 10 batters to the plate and scored 7 more runs. Ryan Goins started it off with a one out walk and also ended the inning with a pop out. Between those Goins at bats, every Jay reached safely. Donaldson singled  home two.  Chris Colabello and Russell Martin had back to back RBI singles. Justin Smoak followed with a three run home run to centre field.

Felix Doubront came in to relieve Brooks. He failed to strand his inherited runners and struggled to get out of the inning. However, over the next 3 innings he held the Jays to the minimum. The Jays threatened in the 6th but Doubront managed another three scoreless frames.

RA Dickey, who had been excellent in his past few starts, wasn’t quite as sharp early this evening. He allowed two earned in the first three innings including a solo home run off the bat of former Jay Danny Valencia. Dickey allowed another run in the 4th. Dickey pitched scoreless 5th and 6ths with some help from Goins in the form of a line out double play.

Bo Schultz, Liam Hendriks and Aaron Loup squashed any hope of an A’s comeback with three scoreless frames of relief.

Game Notes:

– Tulowitzki was ruled tagged out at home during the big 2nd inning. It was a very close play but there wasn’t quite enough evidence to overturn the call in the Jays favour. It didn’t end up mattering much as 5 more runs ended up crossing the plate later that inning

– Recent Blue Jays Danny Valencia and Felix Doubront suited up for the As tonight

– The Jays are still unbeaten in games that Tulowitzki has played in. 12-0

– The A’s must wish they had started Doubront tonight instead of Brooks. Doubront ended up throwing 6.1 IP and didn’t allow a run after the 2nd.

. RA Dickey. STARTING PITCHING . “B-”.  Dickey’s knuckler wasn’t “knuckling” the way it has recently and was hit hard at times tonight. RA managed to keep the As to three runs through 6 IP. He struck out 4 and allowed 8 walks/hits.

“A”. Bo Schultz, Liam Hendriks and Aaron Loup all pitched scoreless innings and each allowed one hit. . . Liam Hendriks. “RELIEVER”

. Chris Colabello. “OFFENCE” . “A”. The Jays bats pounced early scoring 10 runs in the first two innings. It was all they would require. Colabello had a three run homer and a RBI single. 

MVJ: Chris Colabello

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