W: M. Stroman 4-2
L: J. Teheran 3-4
W, 4-2 | 5.2 IP | 0 (0) | 7 H | 1 BB | 6 K |
103 PC, B: 34, S: 69 | 3.00 ERA
Marcus Stroman helped the Blue Jays salvage the final game of a four game set with Atlanta in more ways than one. Stro’s command of the strike-zone was prevalent all night long, surrendering a lone walk and keeping a hot Braves lineup from crossing home plate in his 5 2/3 innings. When Marcus is working the low corners of the zone, he keeps his infielders busy, and runs off the scoreboard. Maile called his best game since making his Blue Jays debut, keeping Braves hitters off-balance, and allowing Stroman to jump ahead of batters consistently. If the Jays Ace is able to carry momentum from tonight’s start, Toronto should feel good about its chances to slowly climb back in the American League picture.
|D. Smith Jr.||0-2||0||0||1||1||0-0-0||0||.000||.333||.000|
When Stroman and Maile are hitting home runs, you will be hard pressed to find many grumbling Jays fans. Toronto came into today’s game having lost their previous three affairs. With Donaldson and Tulowitzki still sidelined, and Superman serving the first of a team-induced two game suspension, the odds were stacked against the Blue Birds. Kendrys Morales and Jose Bautista stepped up in a big way and delivered the types of at-bats one would expect out of such high-profile, veteran hitters. More surprisingly however were the contributions from Darrell Ceciliani and Chris Coghlan, with a combined four hits and five RBI’s. All this along with Stro’s first big league home run and Maile’s fourth long-ball, culminated in an emphatic Blue Jays win.
|R. Tepera (3-1)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||15 (5-10)||3.16|
|J. Smith (0-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||3||15 (5-10)||2.75|
|J. Grilli (1-3)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||7 (2-5)||6.75|
Just over a quarter of the way through the season, the Blue Jays’ bullpen finds itself ranked in the bottom third of the league in most statistical categories. Tonight however, was an attempt to buck a trend of less-than-spectacular showings. Ryan Tepera, Joe Smith, and Jason Grilli mowed through Atlanta’s order, each boasting perfectly clean performances in a combined 3 1/3 innings. The trio managed not to allow a single hit, and looked to be in full command throughout their respective outings. Now, the Jays can only hope to see more of this from their relievers, preferably in closer games when they are needed most.