April 18th vs Boston Red Sox
Loss: 8-7 Record: 2-11
SP: Marcus Stroman LP: Marcus Stroman
The Blue Jays take the loss 8-7 in the series opener against the Boston Red Sox, in which Boston had 15 hits. Marcus Stroman struggled only going 4.2 innings, giving up 6 earned runs on 11 hits, striking out 4. Although they loss, the Blue Jays offense was alive scoring 7.
The Jays got on the board early in the 1st with a pair of RBIs from Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak that put the Jays leading 2-0.
After the Red Sox took over the lead 3-2 in the 3rd, Justin Smoak blasted a solo shot to center
In the 5th, Hanley Ramirez sent home Mookie Betts on a RBI single putting the BoSox ahead 4-3. They extended that lead 5-3 after Moreland hit a RBI double to send home Ramirez. Moreland then scored on a Sandoval single and at the end of the inning, the Sox were leading 6-3
Both Martin and Carrera hit solo home runs but it wasn’t enough to beat the Red Sox who out hit the Jays narrowly 15-2 and took the 1st game of the series 8-7.
April 19th vs Boston Red Sox
Won: 3-0 Record: 3-11
SP: Francisco Liriano WP: Francisco Liriano SV: Roberto Osuna
For the 3rd time this season, out of 14 games so far this season, the Blue Jays win, this time being 3-0.
The Red Sox got shut out with the only Blue Jays runs coming in the bottom of the 2nd. Darwin Barney hit a RBI single that sent home Tulo and Martin while Carrera hit a single to Betts that allowed Barney to score.
Liriano was solid going 5.1 innings, allowing only 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 6. Roberto Osuna came into the 9th, did his thing and got his 1st save of the season.
April 20th vs Boston Red Sox
Loss: 4-1 (10) Record: 3-12
SP: Marco Estrada LP: Jason Grilli
Series: 2-1 Boston
Toronto loses the series finale 4-1 in extras despite a great start from Marco Estrada who pitched 6.0 innings, giving up 3 hits, walking 2 and fanning 7, but since the Jays failed to score while he was pitching, he was handed the no decision.
Both teams got 1 run in the 9th so the game went into extras. In the top of the 10th, Mookie Betts hit a 3 RBI double off of Jason Grilli that sent home Marco Hernandez, Brock Holt and Andrew Benintendi. Grilli picked up the title as the losing pitcher.
April 21st vs @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Won: 8-7(13) Record: 4-12
SP: Mat Latos WP: Ryan Tepera SV: Joe Biagini
In the Blue Jays 4th extra inning game of the season, they come out victorious winning 8-7 in the 13th, thanks to the legend himself, Jose Bautista.
Before I talk about the blast in the 13th, let’s recap about what led up to it. Pitching in place of JA Happ, who’s on the 10 day DL with elbow soreness, Mat Latos was called up from Buffalo to start and he wasn’t too shabby. Through 5 innings, he gave up 4 earned runs on 6 hits, walking 3 batters.
In the 3rd, the Jays took an early lead scoring 2 on a RBI groundout from Zeke and wild pitch. The lead however, didn’t last long for Toronto. In the bottom of the inning, 3 runs were scored on a RBI double from Albert Pujols down the left field line. The Angels built to their lead in the 5th with a Mike Trout solo home run, 4-2 LA. In the 6th, Smoak picked up a RBI on a ball thrown away at 1st which sent Tulowitzki home making it a 1 run game. The Blue Jays took the lead in the 8th, scoring 2 but the Angels quickly tied it up at 5 in the bottom half of the inning.
Then, Joey Bats hit the ball far and the Jays won it 8-5.
Here’s the link to the video of the Bautista home run http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/6479266/v1311222083
April 22nd vs @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Loss: 5-4 Record: 4-13
SP: Casey Lawrence LP: Casey Lawrence
Bad news: Right before the game, SS Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 10 day disabled list with an injured hamstring. More bad news: The Blue Jays lost 5-4, their 13th loss of the season.
For the second straight game, a call up from AAA started, this time being pitcher Casey Lawrence who previously pitched in a game against the Rays where he picked up the loss. And today, picked up the loss. Lawrence went 6.1 innings, allowing 4 earned runs on 8 hits, fanning 4 and walking 3.
In the 1st, Justin Smoak hit a RBI single which scored DarBar. In the bottom of that inning, Mike Trout came home on a 2 out error. In the 3rd, Andrelton Simmons blasted a grand slam that gave Los Angeles the lead 5-1 off of Casey Lawrence.
In the 8th and 9th, the Blue Jays tried to come back with a pair of homers from Pillar and Smoak but failed to win, losing the one run game 5-4.
April 23rd vs @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Won: 6-2 Record: 5-13
SP: Marcus Stroman WP: Marcus Stroman
Shoutout to the StroShow first off all who pitched his 2nd complete game of the season (IT’S STILL ONLY APRIL!) going all 9 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs (only 1 earned) walking 1 batter and striking out 5.
The Jays backed up Stro with some offense to win the game 6-2. Up until the top of the 8th, the Angels were ahead 1-0 but the Jays took over the lead from a pair of solo home runs courtesy of Kevin Pillar and Devon Travis. Another Blue Jay homered, this time being a surprise: Ryan Goins! I know I shouldn’t underestimate Goins but he’s not much of a power hitter. It was a 2 run blast so the Jays extended their lead to 6-1. Final score though was 6-2.