Aug 27, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) looks back at home plate umpire Paul Nauert (39) after he was called out on strikes against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
After a string of games where the bats were nearly unstoppable, the Blue Jays’ offence finally cooled off this afternoon against Yovani Gallardo and an effective Texas Rangers bullpen. Marco Estrada pitched 6 very good innings against the Rangers, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks. Overall, it was a fantastic road-trip for the jays who went 6-2 and in doing so, beat up on the Angels and Rangers who were lurking in the Wild Card standings behind them (at least before the Jays rolled into town).
- Mitch Moreland got the scoring going in the third inning on a line drive that plated Delino DeShields.
- The Jays had chances in both the 6th and 7th innings to take the lead, but Rangers bullpen sniffed out any threat of a rally by striking out Edwin Encarnacion with runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 6th and getting Troy Tulowitzki to ground into a double play with the bases loaded in the 7th.
- The Rangers built their lead in the bottom of the 7th, thanks to some sloppy defense from Jose Bautista. The right fielder overran a DeShields single that emptied the bases and 3 runs scored, pushing the lead to 4-0.
- Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 22 games in the 8th inning, hitting a double to center field that scored Jose Bautista from first base. Kevin Pillar struck out with Encarnacion on second to end the inning.
- There were a couple of defensive gems early on in the game, first Will Venable absolutely robbing Cliff Pennington of an RBI double with a brilliant diving catch. Ben Revere was at it again today with another fantastic catch running into the outfield corner to rob Hanser Alberto of extra bases.
- Liam Hendriks had an outing to forget in the 7th, giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits. Hendriks has been outstanding this year, but today he had a rough time in the hot Texas sun.
- Marco Estrada had another great outing on the mound today, unfortunately he was out-dueled by Yovani Gallardo, who is slowly turning into a nemesis for the Jays.