Blue Jays rebound against the Orioles, win 5-1

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The Blue Jays were looking to rebound from a beating they endured by the Orioles on Friday night. With only a half games lead on the Yankees today’s game was crucial. The Jays sent out their ace David Price to the mound. The Orioles countered with youngster Mike Wright who was making only his 7th career start.

The Blue Jays got on the board quickly with a two out solo home run by Jose Bautista in the 1st inning.

The Orioles threatened in the 3rd inning with a one out double by Junior Lake. Junior advanced to 3rd base on a sacrifice fly that went to deep center. Manny Machado drew a two out walk to put runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs. Gerardo Parra ground out to end the threat.

Kevin Pillar led off the bottom of the 3rd inning with a single. Josh Donaldson drew a one out walk to put two runners on base. Jose Bautista hit a ground rule double to straight away center field. Pillar scored on the play. Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch to load up the bases. Troy Tulowitzki struck out for the 2nd out. Justin Smoak popped up to leave the bases loaded.

In the bottom of the 4th inning Ryan Goins hit a one out double to left field. Kevin Pillar singled to put runners on 1st abd 3rd with one out. Ben Revere singled to right field to score Goins from 3rd base. Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista both popped up to end the inning.

Jason Garcia entered the game to pitch for the Orioles in the 5th inning. Troy Tulowitzki hit a one out single to center field. Justin Smoak hit his a ground rule double to right field. That put two runners in scoring position with only one out. Russell Martin ground out but a run came across to score on the play. Ryan Goins hit a ground rule double to left center field to score another run. Kevin Pillar struck out to end the inning.

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  • Jorge Rondon pitched a clean 6th inning for the Orioles.

    Chris Davis led off the 7th inning with a walk. After Steve Pearce popped up for the 1st out, Jonathom Schoop walked to put two runners on base. Caleb Joseph hit a single up left center to score Davis from 2nd base. David Price then got out of the inning with back to back strike outs.

    Aaron Sanchez came in to pitch the 8th inning for the Blue Jays. Manny Machado picked up an infield single but was erased on an inning ending double play.

    T.J. McFarland came in to pitch the 8th inning for the Orioles. He picked up a clean 1-2-3 inning.

    Brett Cecil came in to pitch the 9th inning and retired the side  to close out the game.

    Game Notes:

    • Despite ending his hit streak yesterday, Ryan Goins stayed hot today. He picked up a pair of doubles and a run. If he keeps this up we may see him continue to slide up in the order.
    • The defense was again on point. They turned key double plays when needed. They showed great range when needed. The whole unit makes fielding look effortless.
    • David Price continues to be worth every penny Mr. Anthopolous paid for him. He picked up his 5th win in 7 outings and moved his overall record to 14-5.
    • The bottom of the order continues to pitch in. Today the 8th and 9th batters sparked the offense picking up 4 H, 2 R, and 1 RBI.

    Grades:

    B+.  With David Price on the mound they didn’t need to pick up many runs. They still were able to claw out 5 runs. Jose Bautista had a couple RBIs and couple hits including a solo home run in the 1st inning. Justin Smoak, Kevin Pillar, and Ryan Goins all picked up multiple hits. Maybe at the start of the year this would be an A grade, but I’ve been spoiled watching them so 10 hits and 5 runs only gets a B+ grade. . Game Ball. Jose Bautista. OFFENSE

    STARTING PITCHER. A. David pitched very well today. He did allow 4 walks which created a bit of trouble at times. But, like an ace usually does he pitched his way out with strike outs and key ground balls that were turned for double plays. He picked up his 14th win today with a nice stat line of 7 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 1 ER, and 8 K. . . David Price

    A+. Aaron Sanchez and Brett Cecil picked up the needed two innings of work. They allowed only a single runner to reach base. Another solid effort from the bullpen. Cecil worked a clean 9th inning and picked up a strike out. . Game Ball. Brett Cecil. BULLPEN

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