W: R. Tepera 4-1
L: F. Montas 1-1
S: R. Osuna 2-0
3-2 | 5.0 IP | 4 (3) | 6 H | 1 BB | 5 K |
92 PC, B: 36, S: 56 | 5.87 ERA
The Hefty Lefty out of the Dominican Republic had a largely mediocre outing. Liriano lasted five innings, surrendering four runs, (three of which were earned) while striking out five. It’s no secret that Liriano did not have his best stuff in today’s outing, however his control was one of the positives that Jays fans can hang their hats on. Allowing only one walk along with one wild pitch, Francisco showed no difficulty locating his fastball; a problem that has plagued Liriano in seemingly all of his starts. His Blue Jay teammates made life difficult on him with some uncharacteristic mistakes from Troy Tulowitzki, Chris Coghlan, and Ryan Goins in the field. Look for Liriano to pound the strike zone early and often in his next start to avoid consistently falling behind (where he seems to be getting hurt).
The bats were quiet for most of the Blue Birds today, but for a select few, the ball was flying out of the park in all directions. Four home runs coming off Jays bats were hit today including two from Justin Smoak – who is still leading the team in homers with 17 – and one each from Pillar and Donaldson (both 2-run shots). The only other player to record a hit outside of that trio was Ryan Goins who had an otherwise uneventful night.
|D. Barnes (1-2)||2.0||0||0||0||0||3||32 (12-20)||2.67|
|J. Smith (2-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||16 (5-11)||2.83|
|R. Tepera (W, 4-1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||11 (4-7)||2.94|
|R. Osuna (S, 2-0)||1.0||1||1||2||0||2||15 (3-12)||3.04|
Danny Barnes gave John Gibbons two tremendous innings in middle relief. He was able to compile three strikeouts over those two innings, looking to be in full command for the duration of his outing. In the current bullpen structure, Barnes serves as Toronto’s long-man, but with more performances like the ones he showed today, he may be trusted later into ballgames. Joe Smith, who has been the Jays most consistent bullpen arm this season, provided Toronto with yet another squeaky-clean inning. Smith retired two of the the batters he faced via the strikeout, a trend that will keep John Gibbons going to the righty in high-leverage situations. Ryan Tepera was today’s winning pitcher, improving his season record to 4-1. Despite being a bit wild in his brief outing, Tepara retired the side in order while striking a batter out. For now, his breakout season continues. Roberto Osuna overcame some early-season woes in a big way. His fastball has the life on it that Jays fans had grown accustomed to. Though his brief outing came with it’s flaws, he was still able to record the save along with two detrimental strikeouts.
1-4 | 0 BB | 2 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .269, OBP: .328, Slug: .440
Pillar’s 3-run home run was responsible for the nearly half of the Blue Jays run production in today’s game. Long ball aside, Kevin was quiet at the plate going 0-3 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch. It’s obvious that this Kevin Pillar is not the same Kevin Pillar that Jays fans watched keep Toronto afloat in the American League with many notable omissions, but he is still a solid offensive contributor with much improved plate discipline from last season.
1-2 | 3 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .300, OBP: .410, Slug: .671
It’s not often that a 1-hit game is regarded as an amazing performance, but Josh Donaldson’s night tonight was just that. The former MVP had a night that Jays fans have come to expect from him. He was seeing the ball very well today, finishing with three walks to go along with the game-winning 2-run shot. Playing in his former home ballpark, Donaldson knew right away that his drive in the 10th inning would be enough to carry over the wall in left-centre field, giving the Jays an extra innings lead.
0-5 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 2 K | 0 SB | AVG: .228, OBP: .333, Slug: .406
Bautista’s ice cold stretch continues with an 0-5 night which included two strikeouts. Unfortunately, a great month of May was not able to translate over to June. While other hitters have stepped up, Toronto would love to see more consistent production out of their veteran slugger.
0-5 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .254, OBP: .307, Slug: .460
Morales, who was brought in to be the replacement for Edwin Encarnacion, is experiencing a bit of a down year by his lofty standards. An 0-5 performance today would not help the cause. Morales was brought in solely for his bat, so when he’s struggling at the dish, he fails to make any positive impact on the game.
3-5 | 0 BB | 2 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 2 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .291, OBP: .353, Slug: .597
Justin Smoak caught a lot of flak from the Blue Jays faithful last season – from myself included – due to his low batting average, even lower average with runners on base, and his aggravating knack for striking out. I’m here to tell you that Justin Smoak is a new man. His two home run performance played a giant part in Toronto avoiding a sweep Oakland. Smoak is up to 17 home runs on the year, good for second in the American League behind just Aaron Judge (18).
0-3 | 1 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .200, OBP: .299, Slug: .267
Chris Coghlan had a real rough day at the office. Let’s start with the lone positive, Coghlan would walk and later score on a Kevin Pillar home run. Now with the negative, Coghlan went 0-3, and had a nightmare of a game in Left Field. On the bright side, I’m guessing Liriano will be getting a few free beers out of Coghlan’s performance.