Blue Jays winning in dramatic fashion early on
The Toronto Blue Jays are 3-2 after their first five contests to start the 2018 campaign, however, all three victories have come in dramatic fashion.
It is barely April and I have already yelled and jumped around my living room cheering like it was October baseball. The fashion in which the Blue Jays have secured their current three-game winning streak has been impressive, to say the least.
The first win of the season was a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees after dropping the first two contests of the season. After the Yankees tied the game in the top of the 7th inning it appeared the Jays were on the verge of their consecutive loss. That is until Yangervis Solarte obliterated a Dellin Betances offering over the outfield wall, Solarte was barely done celebrating when Kevin Pillar took over.
Pillar stole second, third and home off Betances becoming the first Blue Jays player to steal three bases in one-inning as Pillar exploited the relievers weakness keying the all-important victory.
The Jays rode into the series finale on a high but had difficulty squaring up Sonny Gray and his curveball in game four. With the Jays down 4-1 slugger Justin Smoak hit a 2-run homer in the 7th inning to narrow the margin to one-run.
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With David Robertson on in the 8th inning, the Jays rallied led by a Russell Martin single followed by a double off the bat of Aledmys Diaz to set the table. Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone opted to intentionally walk Josh Donaldson to get to Justin Smoak with the bases juiced. In fairness to Boone, Daondalso did have better career numbers versus Robertson than Smoak.
Smoak battled Robertson for nine pitches before smashing a grand slam over the centrefield fence to propel the Blue Jays to a 7-4 victory and a series split with their division rival.
Last night the Jays opened up their second series of the season hosting the Chicago White Sox. The Jays battled and clawed on offense all night after being stymied by starter Reynaldo Lopez and were down 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Catcher Russell Martin decided to take matters into his own hands and be the hero belting a 2-run homer off former Blue Jays pitcher Danny Farquhar. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz would add some insurance in the 8th inning hitting a solo shot for his first homer as a Blue Jay as the Jays would win 4-2.
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I personally am not sure how many more dramatic wins my heart can take but regardless it has been an entertaining first week of baseball. It doesn’t get any better than this.