The Blue Jays kept the good times rolling on Friday night, picking up a shutout victory over the Seattle Mariners, and riding another solid start from Joe Biagini to a 4-0 victory.
The Blue Jays are starting to show the baseball world that they’re a team to reckon with, even if the lineup card is missing a few All-Stars. Picking up their third straight win and ninth in their last thirteen, the Blue Jays are playing some of their best baseball of the season.
Joe Biagini made his second career MLB start, and his first at the Rogers Centre, and he delivered once again. The quirky right-hander threw 5+ innings, allowing just 4 hits, striking out 3 and not allowing a walk. He’s obviously not going to maintain a perfect ERA forever as a starter, but at this rate it’s going to be difficult to take him out of the rotation if and when everyone gets healthy.
Biagini was working with a pitch count limit of around 80 on the game, and will likely look to push things a little further in his next outing. Danny Barnes, Ryan Tepera and Roberto Osuna combined to finish off the shutout, shutting down the Mariners a night after a slugfest from both teams.
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The Blue Jays’ offence was lead a 2 run home run from Jose Bautista, who continues to look more like the hitter fans have watched over the last 8+ seasons. His dinger plated Kevin Pillar, who had singled prior to Bautista’s at bat and continuing his hot season at the plate, picking up two more hits in the game. Darwin Barney, and Ryan Goins each picked up a pair of hits as well, contributing once again to the recent success of the club.
Ezequiel Carrera continued his hot hitting as well, picking up two hits and improving his batting average to .330 on the season. Both he and Pillar picked up a stolen base each as well, adding to the element of the Blue Jays offence that has been sorely lacking early on in the season. Carrera had a less exciting day in the outfield, missing one ball on a diving attempt, and a miscommunication with Pillar in the outfield that nearly resulted in a collision, but overall he’s been a solid, yet quiet contributor for the club.
The two teams will square off tomorrow in the third of their four game set, as Marcus Stroman will square off against a yet to be announced Mariners’ starter, with the game getting underway at 1:07 EST. With Friday’s win, the Blue Jays record has improved to 15-21.