The Blue Jays picked up their 4th consecutive win on Saturday afternoon on the strength of a strong outing from Marcus Stroman and a 3 run shot from Jose Bautista.
May has been a lot better than April for the Blue Jays, as they’ve moved their record to 8-4 in the season’s second month. The Blue Jays have now won 4 straight, beating the Mariners for the 3rd straight day and moving their record to 16-21 on the season.
Marcus Stroman had another strong outing, throwing 6 complete frames and allowing just 2 earned runs, 8 hits and striking out 9 in the outing. He threw an even 100 pitches on the day and picked up a no decision, as the Jays didn’t go ahead until after he had exited the game.
The Blue Jays offence continued to show some life, lead by some familiar names who have been thriving lately. Kevin Pillar picked up another 3 hits, going 3-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Ezequiel Carrera and Ryan Goins also continued swinging the bat well, picking up another 2 hits each, just as they did in Friday’s game.
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The real story on offence for the Blue Jays was Jose Bautista and his bat finally coming to life. Still hitting below the mendoza line, “Joey Bats” is starting to show signs of snapping out of his season-long funk, hitting a home run for the second day in a row and picking up another double as well. He went 2-4 on the day, also picking up 3 RBI with his 7th inning, go ahead home run.
Jason Grilli, Dominic Leone, Aaron Loup and Dominic Leone combined to get the Jays’ through the 7th and 8th inning, before Roberto Osuna snuffed out a Mariners rally in the 9th inning. Leonel Campos started the inning and gave up a couple baserunners before Osuna came on to induce a double play, and a fly out from the following batter to close out the game.