W: K. Gausman 4-7
L: J. Biagini 2-7
S: B. Brach 2-1
L, 2-7 | 5.1 IP | 3 (3) | 5 H | 4 BB | 3 K |
98 PC, B: 38, S: 60 | 4.50 ERA
It was Joe Biagini’s turn to take the bump tonight in Toronto against the division-rival Orioles. After inducing back-to-back groundouts to start the game, Biagini struggled to complete the inning. He allowed a single to Jonathan Schoop before walking Adam Jones and allowing both to score on a Mark Trumbo double off the centre field wall. Entering the day, the Blue Jays owned the worst first-inning ERA in the majors. Unfortunately, his performance early tonight was unable to buck that ugly trend. Things did turn for the better after the first inning as Big Joe managed to only allow a single additional run before leaving the game in the 5th inning.
Abysmal is the only way to describe the Blue Jays’ batters efforts at the plate tonight. Toronto recorded just six hits on the game, failing to score a single run. They were even able to make the struggling Kevin Gausman look like an undisputed ace. The Blue Bird hitters repeatedly looked baffled at the plate, allowing Gausman, Givens, and O’Day to induce soft contact (or no contact), all game long. Look for Toronto to bounce back after a near-unwatchable offensive performance in the series opener.
|D. Leone (1-0)||1.2||0||0||0||1||2||27 (12-15)||3.34|
|R. Tepera (4-1)||1.0||0||0||1||0||1||12 (2-10)||3.18|
|C. Smith (0-0)||1.0||0||0||1||0||0||13 (4-9)||0.00|
Dominic Leone gave Toronto 1.2 quality innings of relief following the exit of starter Joe Biagini. Leone did not surrender a single hit and struck out two batters in his appearance. Ryan Tepera allowed just one hit in his inning of work – a double to Mark Trumbo – but was able to recover from poke by retiring the following two batters he faced. Chris Smith made his MLB debut in the top of the ninth inning tonight. After a inducing a pop out and a flyout, Smith allowed a single to Chris Gentry. Machado would pop out to retire the side immediately after. Smith showed a controlled fastball/slider combo with an effortless release which may force John gibbons to take some harder looks at him down the road. Overall, the bullpen their job, the bats did not.
2-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .237, OBP: .347, Slug: .417
Jose Bautista finished the night batting 2-4 with two singles. He struck out once towards the end of the game in a lone duel with rival, Darren O’Day. Since moving to the leadoff spot, Joey Bats has been one of the Jays’ most consistent plate presences.
1-3 | 1 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .222, OBP: .376, Slug: .389
Russell Martin had a 1-3 night at the dish with a walk. Martin’s achilles heel this season has been his proneness to ground into double-plays. After falling behind 3-0, Toronto looked to make up the deficit right away, in the bottom half of the inning. After a Bautista single, Martin cooked up one of his signature routine groundouts. Toronto was unable to score in the inning, and things would never turn around for the sputtering offense.
0-2 | 2 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .302, OBP: .369, Slug: .583
Toronto’s all-star representative this season will be….. Justin Smoak??? If you would have told me this at any point last season, I would have laughed directly in your face. The reality is, Smoak has been smoking hot this season, leading the team in home runs and boasting the highest batting average of all regular position players. His 0-2 tonight however would be of no help to his side.
1-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 3 K | 0 SB | AVG: .262, OBP: .308, Slug: .476
Kendrys Morales recorded a single and struck out on three separate occasions in tonight’s game. Morales has shown very little discipline at the plate in recent times, making him considerably easier to pitch against. Pitchers are not conceding quality fastballs to him as they have at times this season, but instead have looked for new ways to get the big Dominican to chase outside of the zone.
1-4 | 0 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .242, OBP: .299, Slug: .373
Tulowitzki’s lone hit was a homerun that came late against pitcher Brad Brach. Don’t be fooled, Tulo struggled mightily again tonight when it counted. His garbage time homer doesn’t change the fact that he is batting just .240 this season, with a BA with RISP just over .250. Quite simply, that’s not going to cut it for the former all-star shortstop.