6/27 Blue Jays-Orioles Series Recap
The Blue Jays just closed out a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles in which they went 3-1, outscoring the Orioles 31-12. They are now 40-36 and this series pushed the Blue Jays into 3rd place in the AL East, past the New York Yankees. They are now 6 games behind the Red Sox and Rays for first place in the AL East and 4.5 games out of a wild card spot. They are 6-4 in their last 10 games and are hosting the Mariners in a three-game set starting Monday.
The first game of this series saw Anthony Kay facing off against Dean Kremer. The Blue Jays knocked Kremer out of the game after only 0.1 innings with 6 runs in the first inning. The Jays put up three more in the next two innings and were done scoring for the rest of the game. Anthony Kay threw 5 scoreless innings before Anthony Castro, Patrick Murphy, Jacob Barnes, and Tayler Saucedo each threw 1 shutout inning. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit his first career grand slam in this game and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 24th home run of the year. Overall, a very well-played, easy game for Toronto.
The second game of the series was their only loss of the series. They were up 5-1 after 7 innings, but ended up losing 6-5 in 10 innings. Alek Manoah was very strong in this game, going 6 innings with 1 run but 0 earned runs, lowering his ERA to 3.34. Tim Mayza threw a scoreless 7th, but everything went wrong in the 8th. Tyler Chatwood went just 0.1 innings and gave up 3 earned runs on 1 hit and 2 walks. Tayler Saucedo came in after Chatwood and went 0.1 innings and gave up 1 earned run on 2 hits. Jordan Romano was forced to come in earlier than usual and was stellar. He finished the 8th and threw a scoreless 9th only giving up 1 hit to go along with 2 strikeouts. In the 10th, Trent Thornton came in and allowed the extra-inning runner to score on a walk, putting the Orioles ahead 6-5. In the bottom half of the inning, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Teoscar Hernandez could not push in the runner from second and the Blue Jays lost.
The third game of the series was another easy game to watch, as the Blue Jays got up 12-0 before winning 12-4. Hyun Jin Ryu threw 6 shutout innings before allowing 4 runs in in the seventh. Jacob Barnes came in next and threw 1.1 innings of perfect ball with 1 strikeout. Finally, Joel Payamps closed out the game with a perfect inning with a strikeout. Guerrero Jr., Hernandez, and Randal Grichuk all homered in this game, and Marcus Semien and Bichette each had two doubles. Gurriel Jr. was the only batter on the team to be held without a hit.
The Jays won the series finale 5-2. Ross Stripling, A.K.A Chicken Strip, threw 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits and a walk. Patrick Murphy came in after Stripling and tossed 1.2 shutout innings, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks. Tim Mayza threw 0.1 innings and Anthony Castro followed with 1 inning with 3 strikeouts. Jordan Romano, as usual, was amazing and threw a perfect innings with a strikeout. Nobody homered, but Guerrero Jr., Hernandez, and Cavan Biggio all doubled. Overall, this was a strong close to a mostly successful series.
The Blue Jays have an off-day on Monday before beginning a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners in Toronto on Tuesday night.