W: M. Estrada 8-8
L: U. Jiménez 5-10
S: D. Leone 3-0
W, 8-8 | 5.0 IP | 2 (2) | 4 H | 0 BB | 7 K |
95 PC, B: 31, S: 64 | 4.96 ERA
Marco Estrada began the game well against the Orioles in the series opener. He had a 3-up-3-down 1st inning, including striking out Machado for the second out. Estrada battled back from a 3-0 count against Davis to get the strikeout in the 2nd. He ended the inning by striking out Trumbo looking. Marco looked very sharp through two innings and he was locating his pitches to perfection.
Two more strikeouts for Estrada in the 3rd brought his total to five in the game. He threw 49 pitches in the first three innings, while only allowing one hit. To lead off the 4th, Machado hit a double to the corner in right field. He came around to score when Adam Jones hit a one-out single. Estrada limited the damage by striking out two more batters and getting a ground ball to end the frame.
The Orioles were making better contact with the starter’s pitches as the game went on. Trumbo hit a leadoff home run in the 5th inning, narrowing the Jays lead to 3-2. Three straight ground balls ended the 5th safely for Estrada. After throwing 94 pitches, John Gibbons called it a day for his starter. Marco had a good start overall. He was pounding the zone for his entire outing and it worked out well.
The Orioles starter, Jimenez, got two quick outs to start the 1st frame. Then Donaldson walked, Morales singled and Pillar got an infield hit to load the bases. Montero struck out swinging to end the inning. The Toronto catcher has had previous success against Jimenez. Some of that success would have been nice in his first at-bat instead of letting the starter off the hook by falling for his slider.
Leading off the 2nd inning, Hernandez hit a fly to right field that Trumbo couldn’t handle. He lost the ball in the lights and it dropped in behind him. The outfielder then knocked the ball into the seats somehow. The umpires put Hernandez on third base, although he would have scored had the ball stayed in play. Goins hit a ground ball that scored the run after all. The next batter, Barney, hit a double and made it to third base on an error. Darwin had a good laugh at himself when he stumbled before getting to third and had to swim along the dirt to make it to the base. Another run scored when Urena hit an RBI double, making the score 2-0.
In the 4th, Ryan Goins hit his seventh home run of the season. He hit an off-speed pitch from Jimenez to right field for a solo-shot. It was the only run of the inning for the Blue Jays, but they added to their lead, 3-1.
Baltimore reliever, Miguel Castro, hit Montero in the arm to start the 6th. Hernandez followed with an infield single, putting two runners on for the Blue Jays. With a weak grounder to first base, Goins advanced the runners. Barney came through with an RBI infield hit thanks to sloppy play by the Orioles infield. Toronto stranded two more runners in the inning, but tacked on another run, making the score 4-2.
There wasn’t much more action from the offense. They scraped by with four runs which was just enough to get the win. The hitters came out of the gates swinging, but became quieter as the game went by. The Toronto pitchers did a great job limiting Baltimore runs, thankfully.
|D. Barnes (2-6)||1.0||1||1||0||1||1||12 (7-5)||3.73|
|M. Dermody (2-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||4 (1-3)||4.76|
|T. Koehler (0-2)||0.2||0||0||1||0||1||9 (1-8)||2.31|
|C. Ramírez (0-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||11 (4-7)||0.00|
|D. Leone (S, 3-0)||1.0||0||0||1||0||2||16 (4-12)||2.58|
The first arm out of the bullpen in the 6th was Danny Barnes. It took him only eight pitches to get two ground balls and a strikeout. When Barnes walked Mancini with four pitches to begin the 7th, he was taken out of the game. He had a great 6th, but came back into the game missing his spots.
Next up was Matt Dermody. He did his job by getting the strikeout in a lefty-lefty matchup against Chris Davis. Gibby then summoned Tom Koehler. He got the first out, but allowed a single to Joseph which scored a run for the Orioles. Koehler ended the inning by striking out Smith, but Balitimore was within a run, trailing 4-3.
In the 8th, Carlos Ramirez took the mound. He pitched an excellent inning, getting three quick outs. The third out was thanks to a great play at third base. On a sharp grounder, Barney snagged the ball and made the throw to first base in time to get the runner.
Dominic Leone had the role of closer. He gave up a leadoff single to Adam Jones. The next batter hit a grounder to Leone, and he elected to take the out at first base. Chris Davis battled but ended up striking out. Leone solidified his first major league save by striking out Trumbo. A bit of drama in the inning for Dominic, but he took care of business.