It wasn’t the outpouring of offence that Toronto Blue Jays fans have gotten used as the team dropped a pitcher’s duel against the Cleveland Indians 4-2 Monday evening.
David Price threw 109 pitches over seven innings, surrendering six hits, three earned runs, and one walk with 9 Ks. Price came into this game towing a 1.98 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and a 9-1 record against Cleveland, so this was the hope:
It didn’t happen, but this was still a month to remember despite Price being handed his first loss as a Toronto Blue Jay.
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Cleveland took a small but early lead when Jason Kipnis, who came into today’s game hitting .350 off of Price, led off with a double. Michael Brantley cashed him in to make it 1-0 despite grounding into the double play.
Danny Salazar came into today’s game fresh off a little bit of rest with a 3.30 ERA matching Price’s 1.08 WHIP. He struck out ten batters, and went just over six innings. Things started to look hopeful for the home team towards the end of his appearance when Ryan Goins snuck on base with two out in the fifth inning. Ben Revere followed suit by hustling out a single to keep the dream alive for a certain third baseman. Amid the rising MVP chants fell Josh Donaldson’s full count with a triple blasted to right that scored them both.
It was still, quite impressive.
Cut to the seventh inning, where a single walk proved to be the beginning of the end. Carlos Santana took the leadoff walk that was the tying run on a Ryan Raburn double to centre. Raburn came home to restore the lead off a single from Jerry Sands’ bat.
Yan Gomes scored in the ninth on Donaldson’s throwing error to LaTroy Hawkins at third to make it a 4-2 final, but hey, can’t win ‘em all.
The good news is, Edwin Encarnacion continues to be a beast. According to the Blue Jays broadcast, he officially registered a hit every game in August.
So stay tuned, kids.