W: A. Sanchez 1-2
L: J. Verlander 5-7
W, 1-2 | 6.0 IP | 1 (0) | 7 H | 2 BB | 4 K |
101 PC, B: 39, S: 62 | 3.94 ERA
Aaron Sanchez was having a bit of trouble with his control to begin the game. He was out of the strike zone often and he sailed one over the catcher and into the backstop on his twelfth pitch. Although he gave up a single to Justin Upton, he finished the inning without further issues.
The Tigers had a couple of runners on base in the 2nd with two outs. J.D. Martinez singled to lead the inning off and Andrew Romine doubled. No runs would score when Sanchez ended the inning with a ground ball. He was still struggling to find the zone, but his location was improving somewhat.
Sanchez allowed another two runners to reach base in the 3rd. He was playing with fire early on, but he ended the frame by striking out J.D. Martinez. The next inning, he looked more comfortable. Aaron retired the side in order, striking out two.
Once again, Sanchez had himself in trouble. With no outs in the 5th inning, the Tigers had runners at the corners after two singles. Smoak committed an error on a play at first base, which allowed Iglesias to score. A double play ended the inning, but the Tigers were on the board, trailing 2-1. Sanchez managed to avoid further damage, but his pitch count had reached 90.
Aaron ended up throwing exactly 100 pitches through six full frames. He put together a good game, but nothing stood out as spectacular. By throwing his arsenal of pitches well, he kept the Tigers from scoring multiple runs. It was a good recovery after a rough return from the DL in his last start. He will have the Red Sox to contend with in his next scheduled start.
The Blue Jays had a couple of singles through the first three innings. Martin got one in the 1st and Barney hit a bloop single in the 3rd. Both times, the runners would be stranded when the team struggled to get anything going against the hard-throwing Justin Verlander.
Toronto finally got on the board in the 5th inning. Steve Pearce led things off with a solo home run to left-centre field. It was the seventh home run of the season for Pearce. Verlander wasn’t looking as sharp as he did earlier on, and the Blue Jays were going deeper into counts and making some contact with foul balls. With no outs in the 5th, Kevin Pillar reached second base on a fly-ball error by Detroit. A couple of sacrifices got Pillar around to score.
The bases were loaded for Toronto in the 6th. Smoak and Morales showed patience and got Verlander out of the game after giving up consecutive walks. Pearce legged out an infield single to load them up with two outs. Kevin Pillar demonstrated an excellent eye at the plate, taking what reliever Shane Greene offered up. Pillar took a 9-pitch walk, which scored another run for the team. The bases were left stranded when Barney struck out, but the Blue Jays had tacked on another run.
To lead off the 7th inning, Jose Bautista hit a solo shot to left field. It was the second time in the game he had made solid contact, he hit a long fly ball against Verlander earlier in the game. It was his first extra base hit in his last twelve games. Hopefully it is a sign that he is getting some power back in his swing.
In the 8th, Toronto found themselves with the bases loaded again. The fifth run was put on the board for the team when they drew their third walk of the inning. Then, Josh Donaldson came through with a two-run single to make the score 7-1. Overall, the offense got the job done in the game tonight. They didn’t pick up a lot of hits, but they did a great job of not swinging at everything. They let the opposing pitchers get themselves into trouble. The Blue Jays drew a whopping 10 walks in the game and even manufactured a few runs.
|D. Barnes (2-2)||1.0||0||0||1||0||1||19 (5-14)||2.25|
|J. Biagini (2-8)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||16 (6-10)||5.45|
|J. Beliveau (1-0)||1.0||1||1||2||0||2||26 (8-18)||3.52|
The first reliever of the night for Toronto was Danny Barnes. He was cruising through the 7th until Alex Avila hit a ball up the middle for an infield hit. The inning was ended by a fly ball from Upton. Barnes was his usual strike-throwing self, pounding the zone against the Tigers hitters.
For the 8th, Joe Biagini was on the mound. He got through the order with ease, picking up a strike out against J.D. Martinez. He had a great fastball tonight, topping 95 mph on the radar gun.
The third and final reliever for Toronto was lefty Jeff Beliveau. The second batter he faced, Andrew Romine, took him deep to centre field. It was the first pitch in the count to Romine, an 89.4 mph fastball. Beliveau was able to end the game after a few battles with the Detroit hitters.
3-4 | 0 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .273, OBP: .331, Slug: .460
0-2 | 3 BB | 2 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .254, OBP: .310, Slug: .415
Made a great play in the bottom of the 6th, robbing J.D. Martinez of a hit in centre.