W: M. Stroman 9-5
L: M. Fiers 8-6
W, 9-5 | 6.1 IP | 2 (1) | 5 H | 0 BB | 8 K |
94 PC, B: 29, S: 65 | 4.63 ERA
Marcus Stroman was cruising today. He struck out 8 Astros, allowing 5 hits with no walks. This was vintage Stroman, who’s only mistakes were an error on a throw to first which allowed a run to come in, and a solo home run to Castro in the top of the seventh. Marcus is starting to hit his stride and has lowered his ERA to 4.63 on the season. If he can find some more consistency, the Jays will be very hard to beat down the stretch.
|M. Upton Jr.||2-4||1||1||0||2||0-0-0||0||.176||.204||.176|
Edwin Encarnation, Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin were the stars of the game. All three players hit home runs today to help Marcus Stroman pick up the win. Tulo hit a 2-run shot in the 5th which Russell followed up with a solo home run of his own. Melvin Upton Jr. had a good game with two hits and an RBI, despite getting caught stealing in the 6th on a pick-off attempt gone wrong. Upton also had a couple of signature strikeouts. Josh Donaldson had a chance in the 8th with the bases loaded, but he took the walk and RBI. Edwin Encarnation added 2 RBIs to his league leading 97 and he’s quickly closing in on 100 for the season.
The hitting today was a balanced attack with runs scored by the long ball and by scattering hits in multiple innings. The bats were all hot for the Blue Jays, and when that happens it means big trouble for any team they’re facing.
|J. Benoit (2-1)||0.2||0||0||2||0||0||6 (0-6)||3.94|
|J. Grilli (3-1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||9 (2-7)||1.75|
|B. Cecil (1-6)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||9 (2-7)||4.74|
The bullpen got the job done today, allowing no runs through 2 2/3 innings.
Benoit entered the game after Stroman was pulled in the 7th inning with one out. He allowed a couple of singles but left unscathed thanks to a great play by Russell Martin who caught a foul ball inside the opposing dugout.
Jason Grilli got the ball in the 8th and retired the side in order. Grilli was fired up after striking out the third batter. He has been one of the most reliable options in the bullpen and he didn’t disappoint today.
Brett Cecil got the ball in the 9th and made quick work of closing the game, striking out the final batter as an exclamation point.