J.A. Happ picked up his 20th win of the season at Safeco Field late last fall. This time around, Happ was looking for his first win of the season. The Blue Jays were able to do that for him this afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.
A weekend road trip to Seattle felt like a home game back in Toronto. The fans and the Blue Jays invaded Safeco Field all weekend. The Jays were able to win the game and series as they went 3-3 on their west coast road trip
J.A. Happ finally picked up his first victory of the season. The lefty threw an impressive 104 pitches in six innings pitched, six hits, six breaking balls, and eight strikeouts.
The Blue Jays bullpen was on point as Jeff Beliveau, Ryan Tepera, Aaron Loup, and Joe Smith only allowed two hits and struck out a combined three batters after Happ was finished. Danny Barnes ran into trouble in the bottom of ninth after allowing singles to Jarrod Dyson and Tyler Motter.
The Mariners couldn’t attempt the comeback thanks to Roberto Osuna earning his 15th save of the season.
Canadian James Paxton, had his first rough outing of the season. The “Big Maple” lasted four innings, allowing eight hits on four earned runs, three breaking balls, and three strikeouts.
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Josh Donaldson continued to bring the rain with his eighth home run of the season. It was his fourth home run this month, and he also hit a RBI single in the top of the fourth. Kendrys Morales would score Donaldson to but the Blue Jays 4-0.
Fans who cross the border to see the Jays got what they wanted. It wasn’t a sweep, but the fans were cheering them on from the minute the gates opened Friday night to the last out of the game this afternoon.
The Blue Jays will have a well deserved day off tomorrow before they open up a two-game series at the Rogers Centre against the Tampa Bay Rays. Marco Estrada (4-4, 4.04 ERA) will go up against Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 3.59 ERA) at 7:07 p.m. ET.