W: F. Liriano 6-5
L: C. Smith 0-1
S: R. Osuna 2-0
W, 6-5 | 5.0 IP | 2 (2) | 2 H | 2 BB | 5 K |
86 PC, B: 35, S: 51 | 5.99 ERA
Liriano started the game with back-to-back walks of Rajai Davis and Semien. After Davis was thrown out at third, Healy picked up an RBI on a base hit to left field. A couple of problems for the Blue Jays led to an error for Pearce and a wild pitch by Liriano put Healy on third with two outs. The 1st inning ended without further damage, but Toronto was behind 1-0 and the starter had thrown 30 pitches.
A good recovery was made by Francisco in the 2nd through 4th innings. He kept his pitches to a minimum and struck out a few batters in the process. In the 5th, Matt Chapman took Liriano deep to centre field for a solo shot, but the Athletics were kept from going on a run.
That would be it for Liriano on the night. After a rough 1st inning, he did well to eat up some innings, lasting a full five frames. At one point, he had retired 12 batters in a row. He only threw 86 pitches in the game, but Gibbons wasn’t going to let him go any further after giving up a solo home run in his last inning.
The Blue Jays offense were making good contact against Oakland starter Chris Smith in the 1st. Bautista was robbed of extra bases by Khris Davis in left field to lead-off. Russell Martin got a hold of a fastball and took it deep to left-centre field for a home run. The run given up by Liriano in the 1st was answered.
Josh Donaldson started off the 4th inning with a double to right-centre field. Smoak and Tulowitzki both drew walks to load the bases with one out. A Carrera liner up the middle found the outfield to drive in a run. Ryan Goins continued to be hot with the bases loaded. He hit a changeup just over the infield to add another run to the lead, 3-1.
Toronto got off to a promising start in the bottom of the 6th. Steve Pearce smoked the ball to the gap in left-centre field for a double. After advancing to third, Pearce was thrown out at home on a safety squeeze play. A fly ball by Goins ended the inning. It was a good opportunity to add to the lead, but the Jays couldn’t capitalize while attempting the elusive small ball.
The bases were loaded early in the 7th against the Oakland bullpen. Bautista drew a leadoff walk, Martin singled and Donaldson picked up a walk. Reliever Josh Smith walked in a run against Smoak to make it 4-2. The rest of the runners were stranded when Pearce struck out and Tulowitzki was robbed of a hit which turned into a double-play. Not an optimal outcome for the Blue Jays, but at least they tacked on another run.
Although they wasted many chances to blow the game wide open, the team still put up enough runs to get the win. The hitters did a good job concentrating on getting on-base instead of trying to hit the ball over the fence in every at-bat.
|J. Biagini (2-8)||2.0||0||0||0||1||0||16 (7-9)||4.93|
|R. Tepera (5-1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||13 (5-8)||3.40|
|R. Osuna (S, 2-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||3||16 (7-9)||2.01|
In the 6th inning, the Blue Jays turned to Joe Biagini. He walked Rajai Davis to begin the inning. Thankfully, Joe got Semien to ground into a double play, erasing the speedy Davis from the base pads. He had a quick 7th inning, retiring the side in order. A good outing for Biagini who took the role of long-man out of the bullpen.
Ryan Tepera had the 8th inning. He was pounding the zone effectively. He faced the minimum three batters, picking up a strikeout while throwing 13 pitches. Tepera was credited with the hold for his efforts.
Looking to close the game, Roberto Osuna took the mound in the 9th. He struck out R. Davis, Semien and Healy to end the game. It was his 25th save on the season. Roberto looked a bit quick with his delivery at times, resulting in a few pitches hitting the dirt. His slider was filthy, however, and it had a couple of the hitters wondering what had happened.