W: B. Farmer 4-2
L: M. Stroman 11-7
S: S. Greene 3-3
L, 11-7 | 6.0 IP | 4 (4) | 6 H | 1 BB | 6 K |
94 PC, B: 36, S: 58 | 3.18 ERA
After taking a painful liner off his arm in his last start, Marcus Stroman didn’t miss a step. He was ready and raring to go for tonight’s outing. His first strikeout victim was the first batter of the game. It took Marcus three pitches to get Kinsler swinging. He picked up another strikeout in a 1-2-3 frame.
Stroman retired the side in order for the 2nd. He struck out another batter and had thrown only 22 pitches in two innings. In the 3rd with two outs, Marcus loaded the bases after giving up a double, a single and a walk. That set the table for Castellanos who cleared the bases with a grand slam to centre field. Stroman threw a spinner that failed to break, leaving it hanging in the zone. Things sure fell apart for the starter. The Tigers got two more on base in the inning until Stroman finally got a strikeout. Something happened with his command in the frame where suddenly his pitches stopped breaking. Very strange, indeed. Marcus was rolling along nicely until two outs in the 3rd.
Things went back to business as usual for Stroman in the 4th. He got a strikeout and two ground balls in an easy inning. It was the same formula in the next inning, with another strikeout and two ground balls for the starter. He regained his command, and was having no problems getting through the Tigers order. Marcus struck out five batters in as many innings.
In the 6th inning, Stroman gave up a single with two outs, but got the out he needed. His outing was over after finishing the 6th. It was a great outing for Stroman other than the one out he couldn’t get in the 3rd frame.
After drawing two walks with one out in the 1st inning, Toronto stranded both runners on a couple of fly balls. They were facing Detroit starter, Buck Farmer, who wasn’t throwing a lot of strikes to start the game. Left fielder, Steve Pearce, was forced to leave the game after the 2nd inning with a back injury. The leadoff hitter was replaced by Teoscar Hernandez.
Jose Bautista hit a two-out double in the bottom of the third, but of course, he was left stranded on second base. Farmer retired six Blue Jays in a row before Urena hit a single with two outs in the 5th inning. The next batter, Hernandez, hit a fly ball that the outfielders couldn’t handle. It scored a run and put Teoscar on second base. Before Bautista finished his at-bat, Hernandez was picked off at second, ending the inning and any hopes of a comeback in the 5th frame. Toronto was trailing 4-1.
The leadoff runner was on base in the 6th. After Bautista struck out, the ball got away from the Detroit catcher. Jose hustled down the line and made it to first base in time. Smoak followed with a single to right field. The next batter, Morales, lined an RBI single to centre, as the Blue Jays were finally catching up to Farmer. The starter was then promptly removed from the game. When reliever Drew VerHagen was facing Pillar, the batter hit a grounder to third base which resulted in a triple play. That’s right – triple play, enough said.
Goins hit a leadoff single in the 7th. After a fly ball and a double play, the Tigers shut down the offense once again. Richard Urena hit his first major league home run to begin the 8th inning. He hit a fastball from Alex Wilson over the fence in left field for a solo shot. One batter later, Jose Bautista got a home run of his own. It was a slider from Wilson, which went into left-centre field seats. The Jays had narrowed the lead to 5-4. The bad news was that they only had one more inning to catch up.
Toronto wouldn’t get it done in the 9th. They went down in order which ended the game unceremoniously. The Blue Jays did well to chip away at the lead, and it was nice to see them hitting home runs again. Unfortunately, they came up a little bit short of the win. To start the game off, they looked cold, but had something going later in the game.
|D. Barnes (2-6)||1.0||1||1||1||0||0||15 (6-9)||3.64|
|T. Koehler (0-2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||13 (5-8)||2.45|
|R. Tepera (7-1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||11 (3-8)||3.31|
In the 7th, Danny Barnes was the first reliever out of the bullpen. He got the first two outs with two pitches. The next batter, Kinsler, hit a solo home run to left field. A down-and-in changeup was in the wheel house for Kinsler. Barnes then got a fly ball to end the inning.
Next up was Tom Koehler for the 8th inning. He had a quick inning, getting a strikeout and two fly balls. A good inning for Koehler. Ryan Tepera took the mound in the 9th. He struck out McCann with three pitches. On the third out, Urena made an excellent play, catching up with a deep grounder up the middle and getting the throw to first base in time.
The bullpen had a few great innings other than the home run given up by Barnes. The homer turned out to be the one run that the offense couldn’t make up.