April 24th vs @ St. Louis Cardinals
Loss: 2-1 Record: 5-14
SP: Francisco Liriano LP: Francisco Liriano
Series: 2-2 Tied series
In the series finale vs the Angels, the Blue Jays lose 2-1 as the series ties at 2. In the top of the 4th, Russ Martin hit a solo shot to center, the only run for Toronto, giving them the lead. The Angels answered and tied it up in the bottom of that inning with Albert Pujols sending Trout home on a single.
The Angels then score in the bottom of the 5th on a fielder’s choice, giving them the lead 2-1 which was the final score.
Francisco Liriano had an okay start but with the quiet Blue Jays bats, he got the LP. He went pitched 5 and a 1/3 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits, walking 4 batters and striking out 2.
April 25th vs @ St. Louis Cardinals
Won: 6-5 Record: 6-14
SP: Marco Estrada WP: Jason Grilli SV: Ryan Tepera
The only word to describe this game is CRAZY! With a flip and a pitcher doubling, this game definitely goes down in my books as one of the best. It’ll never beat the 7th inning (I mean I named my blog after that) but it was just an awesome game. And the Jays won which makes it even better.
Starting for Toronto, Marco Estrada was solid, going 6.0 innings, giving 2 earned and unearned runs, allowing 6 hits, striking out 9 batters and walking 1.
In the top of the 7th, with the game tied at 2, Kevin Pillar hit a triple, his first of the season which sent Chris Coghlan home who decided instead of sliding, would leap. Like, literally leap. He jumped over Yadier Molina and scored, 3-2 for Toronto. Marco Estrada commented on Coghlan’s slide by saying it was like “seeing a unicorn”.
KP then scored on a fielding error with Carrera picking up the RBI. Their lead didn’t last long as Jose Martinez hit a 2 run homer, tying it up once again in the bottom of the inning. The Jays took the lead in the top of the 9th but once again the Cardinals tied it up, so to extras they went.
In the 11th, Marcus Stroman hit a double to left. Go Stro! After a fielding error, Pearce got the RBI and Stro was sent home. It was a weird game but the Blue Jays do come out on top winning 6-5 in 11 innings.
April 27th vs @ St. Louis Cardinals (Game 1)
Loss: 8-4 (11) Record: 6-15
SP: Mat Latos LP: Ryan Tepera
This game was an absolute heartbreaker. It appeared the Blue Jays were going to win as they were leading 4-0 up until the 8th. Joe Smith did give up 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th but Toronto still had the lead 4-2 so everyone still thought the Jays were going to win but then Roberto Osuna came into save and….that didn’t work out too well.
He gave up a 2 run home run to Randal Grichuk which tied the game up at 4. It’s his 3rd blown save of the season but cut him some slack, he’s only 22 and the pressure on him being the team’s closer is a lot to handle. But nobody on the Jays are doing necessarily good so it’s not fair to just personally just blame one person on the team. All the Blue Jays are struggling some way and instead of hating on just one, we need to support one another.
After the game, Osuna told reporters that physically he felt fine and just can’t understand what’s happening. Hopefully Roberto can find his way back to success, but for now, we’ll keep on supporting him.
Mat Latos pitched a great game, going 6.0 scoreless innings, striking out and walking 4 and was on his way to pick up the winning pitcher title but with the bullpen struggles, he got the no decision.
In the 2nd, Russell Martin hit his 3rd home run of the season, a solo shot to give the Jays the early lead 1-0. In the 6th, with the bases loaded, Ryan Goins hit the ball up the middle scoring 2. Then in the 7th, Justin Smoak hit a sac fly in which Pillar scored on, 4-0 Toronto.
It looked like a win, but when the pen came in, the troubles started and ultimately in the 11th, the Jays lost 8-4 courtesy a walk off grand slam from Matt Carpenter off of JP Howell. Yeah…..heartbreaker.
April 27th vs @ St. Louis Cardinals (Game 2)
Loss: 6-4 Record: 6-16
SP: Casey Lawrence LP: Casey Lawrence
Series: 2-1 St. Louis
Through the first 4 innings, the Jays remained scoreless as the Cardinals lead 6-0 but after Kendrys Morales homered in the 5th, it became a 2 run game but the Jays weren’t able to get those runs as they fell short 6-4 in game 2 of the doubleheader vs the Cardinals who take the series 2-1.
Casey Lawrence did horrible going 5.0 innings, allowing 6 earned runs on 10 hits, walking 3 and only striking out 1.
April 28th vs Tampa Bay Rays
Loss: 7-4 Record: 6-17
SP: Marcus Stroman LP: Jason Grilli
Despite a great start from Marcus Stroman, the Blue Jays lose 7-4 after failing to hold on to their 3-1 lead.
Stroman left in line for the win going 7.1 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs on 6 hits and striking out 10 BATTERS!! Way to go, Stro.
In the top of the 8th, the Rays homered 3 times: Corey Dickerson, Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison totaling 4 runs. The Tampa Bay home runs didn’t end there with Derek Norris blasting a solo to center in the top of the 9th.
The Jays only scored 1 run in response to the home runs in the 9th in which Jose Bautista hit a sac fly that Pillar scored on.
April 29th vs Tampa Bay Rays
Won: 4-1 Record: 7-17
SP: Francisco Liriano WP: Francisco Liriano SV: Roberto Osuna
The Jays win! That statement this year has been said sparsely or to be exact, only 7 times. Toronto win 4-1 with Justin Smoak and Russell Martin being the stars of it.
With Smoak going 3 for 3 and Martin going 2 for 3, they were the sole “breadwinners” in this game. With the game tied at 1 in the bottom of the 4th, Russ hit a double to left that allowed Justin Smoak to score. Then in the 6th, Smoak hit his 4th dinger of the season, a 2 run blast to center field that made it 4-1 Jays.
Liriano was solid through 5.0 innings of work only giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits, walking 4 and striking out 6.
Osuna came into the 9th to save the game, the first time doing so since his blown save on the 27th and looked like his old self. No panic. He got his 2nd save of the season.
April 30th vs Tampa Bay Rays
Won: 3-1 Record: 8-17
SP: Aaron Sanchez WP: JP Howell SV: Roberto Osuna
Series: 2-1 Toronto (FIRST SERIES WIN OF THE SEASON!!!)
This game was bittersweet.
The Blue Jays win their first series of the season, win back to back games for the first time this season which is all great news but….something bad did happen injury wise for the Jays and it’s not good.
Returning from his stint on the 10 day DL with blisters on his fingers, Aaron Sanchez pitched for the first time since April 14th and everything seemed fine but after pitched only 1 inning consisting 13 pitches, Sanchy went into the dugout and went directly down into the clubhouse. It was obvious, Aaron felt something. It’s not clear whether he’ll be back on the disabled list but it’s just not a good sign.
Other than that horrible news, the Blue Jays won 4-1. They scored all their 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Jose Bautista hit a RBI double that sent home DarBar, Russell Martin hit a RBI single that scored Bautista and Carrera hit a ground ball single that allowed Kendrys Morales to score.
Roberto Osuna came into the 9th to pick up the save and got Derek Norris swinging for the last out, picking up the save and giving the Jays the victory.