April 11th vs Milwaukee Brewers

Loss: 4-3      Record: 1-6

SP: JA Happ       LP: JA Happ

First of all, a big shout out to Troy Tulowitzki who had a huge night at the plate, responsible for driving in all 3 Blue Jays runs. I underestimate Tulo sometimes but this proves he is a force to be reckoned with, so a big round of applause for Troy.

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SS Troy Tulowitzki goes 3 for 3 in the Blue Jays 4-3 loss to Milwaukee. Photo courtesy of MLB.com

 

Even though Tulo was on fire, it wasn’t enough for a victory. The Jays lose their 2017 Honda Home Opener 4-3, putting their record at 1-6, dead last in the East.

JA Happ didn’t pitch his best, only going 4.2 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 9 hits, striking out an impressive 8. Two of the four runs for Milwaukee came via solo shots from Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana, both given up by Happ.

And in the 8th, Kevin Pillar AKA Superman made a spectacular diving catch in center, but that and Tulo’s amazing day at the plate couldn’t produce a win as the final score was 4-3 Milwaukee.

 

April 12th vs Milwaukee Brewers

Loss: 2-0     Record: 1-7

SP: Marcus Stroman       LP: Marcus Stroman

Series: 2-0 Milwaukee

The Blue Jays get swept by the Brewers 2-0 but get an amazing start from the StroShow, Marcus Stroman out of it . Throwing exactly 100 pitches, Marcus went all 9 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits, striking out 4 and walking 1.  A quality start but he unfortunately gets the loss as the Jays get shutout.

They had a chance in the 4th with the bases loaded but Martin was caught looking at strike 3. This is now the Blue Jays 7th loss in 8 games. Yeah…even I can’t make that sound positive.

 

April 13th vs Baltimore Orioles

Loss: 2-1       Record: 1-8

SP: Francisco Liriano       LP: Francisco Liriano

It was a close game, 2-1, but the Jays ultimately took the loss in what was a great start for Liriano compared to his first, in which he only recorded 1 out. He was the losing pitcher but had a quality start of going 6.2 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs on 5 hits, walking 2 and drumroll please….STRIKING OUT 10!! Now that’s the Liriano we saw in spring training and hopefully his success will continue through the season.

In the 5th, after Jonathon Schoop hit a RBI double off the wall, Castillo scored. Then, Schoop scored on a JJ Hardy single, giving the O’s an early lead 2-0. It’d be the only runs Baltimore would score and it’d be enough to win as the Jays bats stayed quiet, with the exception of the bottom of the 6th. Josh Donaldson hit a RBI double to the corner which Bautista scored on but here comes the bad news: when turning first to go to second, Donaldson, with his recurring calf injury, hurt it once again and left the game. No word yet if he’s headed to the DL but it’s looking like that’s where he’s going. Final score: 2-1 Baltimore.

 

April 14th vs Baltimore Orioles

Loss: 6-4       Record: 1-9

SP: Aaron Sanchez      LP: Aaron Sanchez

10 games, 1 win. It sounds more bad than it actually is. Their team right now, like all teams eventually, are going through a slump and there going to get out of it sooner or later (hopefully soon though!) The Blue Jays 2017 team is World Series worthy for sure but they’re just struggling to find their groove but when they do, they’ll be golden.

Before talking about the highlights of the game, some very bad news for the Blue Jays is upon us: Josh Donaldson, the Bringer of Rain, is on the 10 day DL with a right calf injury after turning 1st base in yesterday’s game. All Blue Jays fans, including myself, are hoping for a speedy recovery, so get well soon Josh!

The Blue Jays lose (that statement is becoming unfortunately the new normal) 6-4 in the 2nd game of a 4 game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Sanchez struggled giving up 7 hits, of which were 3 homers, 5 ER and striking out 3 through 5.1 innings of work. Not the best start for Sanchy who took the L.

In the top of the 2nd, with Hyun Soo Kim at bat, Aaron Sanchez threw a wild pitch that Martin couldn’t grasp which allowed Chris Davis to score. In the bottom of the inning, Justin Smoak tied it up at 1 for the Jays with a base hit to left that scored Morales. Still in the inning, Darwin Barney hit the ball to Machado at 3rd who bobbled it and Tulo scored easily, giving the Jays the lead for the first time in 35 innings.

In the bottom of the 4th, Smoak belted his first home run of the season, a first pitch solo to extend the Blue Jays lead 3-1. The Blue Jays lead was quickly erased as Jonathon Schoop and JJ Hardy both homered in the 5th, making it 4-3 O’s.

The O’s continued to build their lead, with 2 more HRs courtesy Davis and Seth Smith in the 6th and 9th. Baltimore was victorious with the score 6-4 Orioles.

 

April 15th vs Baltimore Orioles

Won: 2-1 (FINALLY!!)      Record: 2-9

SP: Marco Estrada        WP: Roberto Osuna

With all the MLB players rocking #42 on the back of their jerseys today to commemorate the late and great Jackie Robinson, the  Blue Jays finally won. I’m still shocked. The Jays picked up their 2nd win of the season thanks to Kendrys Morales, who hit a walk off solo home run to win the game 2-1. A win for the Jays almost didn’t happen though.

In the bottom of the 7th, Darwin Barney hit an RBI single to center in which Adam Jones attempted to throw to home to get Bautista but the throw was off so Jose scored and it was 1-0 Jays. Thinking that would be secured with Roberto Osuna on the mound to close out the game, he blew the save on a sac fly RBI, tying it up at 1. But lo and behold, on the first pitch of the bottom of the 9th, Morales hit the ball and saved the day in Blue Jays Land. So thank you, Kendrys.

Even though Osuna blew his save opportunity, he picked up the title as the winning pitcher but in all due respect, Marco Estrada totally deserved it. He went 7 scoreless innings, only allowing 4 hits, walking 3 and striking out 8. An unfortunate quality start wasted but the Jays finally won which makes everything better.

 

April 16th vs Baltimore Orioles

Loss: 11-4        Record: 2-10

SP: JA Happ        LP: JA Happ

Series: 3-1 Baltimore

The Baseball Gods hate the Blue Jays right now. I don’t know why but it’s true. After a win yesterday everyone thought the Jays were back, they were going to go on a winning streak but no, their back to their old way already: losing, putting them at a fantastic 2-10 record to start the season (cue sarcasm).

Rocking their red uniforms, something they will do every Sunday home game to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, it felt like a win was on their way with great pitching from JA Happ, but then, too much surprise, after throwing a pitch, something didn’t feel right and out the door he went. Not only is he injured, but announced before the game, Aaron Sanchez was placed on the 10 day DL, with a blister on his right middle finger. The rotation was the only thing not suffering this season, but with Sanchy and now probably Happ gone, if the Jays bats can’t come alive, the odds aren’t in their favour to win but it’s not like they were doing that anyway. Okay, enough negativity from me, back to the game.

As mentioned, Happ was on track to pitch a great start going 4.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, allowing 1 earned run while striking out 3. The 1 earned run came in the 5th, when Adam Jones was caught in a rundown, Hardy seeked opportunity and scored. In the 6th, Trey Mancini blasted a 3 run homer off of lefty Ryan Tepera. 2 runs followed from a double and sac fly, ending the inning with the O’s  leading 6-0. The misery didn’t end there; in fact it was just getting started.

Because of Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list, they recalled pitcher Matt Dermody from AAA and I don’t want to hate on the guy, but he sucked. Trey Mancini, who already homered in the 6th, did it again, a solo shot making it 7-1 O’s. Both off of Matt Dermody, Machado and Craig Gentry hit 2 homers, the score at 11-2. I feel so bad for Dermody but he just should’ve pitched better. Awesome mullet, though. Final score: 11-4 Baltimore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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