W: T. Mayza 1-0
L: Z. Britton 2-1
3-10 | 8.0 IP | 2 (2) | 6 H | 0 BB | 2 K |
88 PC, B: 25, S: 63 | 5.07 ERA
Eight pitches was all it took for Joe Biagini to finish the 1st inning. He induced two ground balls which he fielded himself and a fly ball to right field which Bautista easily caught. Joe gave up a leadoff single in the 2nd, but that was it. He worked the first two innings very efficiently. A two-seam fastball was thrown to perfection to strike out Chris Davis in the 2nd. Biagini started the pitch inside, but the movement took it right across the plate which locked-up Davis, who couldn’t pull the trigger.
Biagini had no trouble in the 3rd; he recorded three quick outs. The starter threw only 26 pitches for the first three innings. Another 1-2-3 frame for Biagini took care of the 4th. He looked very comfortable on the mound. Joe was executing and locating his pitches perfectly. He settled into the game nicely and looked comfortable on the mound.
Davis picked up a single to lead off the 5th, but the next three Orioles were sent down in order. Biagini had some life on his fastball, which was hitting 95 mph. The movement on his pitches was also working well, confusing many batters. He wasn’t getting a lot of strikeouts, but there were a lot of ground balls resulting in outs. After five full frames, Biagini had drawn eight grounders, two fly balls and a strikeout. Throwing only 54 pitches through five innings is incredible.
Three more ground balls for the Toronto starter in the 6th inning made quick work of the opposing offense. With one out in the 7th, Mancini ripped a double into the left field corner. It was a rare mistake for Biagini on the night where he left a curveball hanging and Mancini took advantage. A run scored when Trumbo hit a bloop single, tying the game 1-1. Biagini wasn’t as sharp in the inning, as he missed his spots on a few occasions.
Joe was a bit sloppy pitching in the 8th inning. He got the first out, but then Beckham hit a solo home run to left-centre field. The homer was one of only a few mistakes that the starter made, and unfortunately, the Orioles took the lead 2-1. The Blue Jays hitters did Biagini no favours with their ineptitude to score baserunners early in the game. It was the deepest that Joe had pitched into a game in his career. He ended up with a no decision.
The shortstop, Urena, led the bottom of the 1st off with a single up the middle. Orioles starter Dylan Bundy took care of the rest of the order, leaving the runner on-base. Morales led off the next inning with a double to the gap in left-centre field. A ground ball moved him to third base. Once again, Bundy got himself out of trouble by striking out Hernandez and Goins. Bringing home baserunners is a fundamental that separates the Blue Jays from teams such as the Red Sox and Yankees, who are able to do so with regularity.
For the third straight inning, the Blue Jays had the leadoff runner on base. Maile hit a single to centre field to start the 3rd. Both Urena and Donaldson hit deep fly balls, taking the fielders to the warning track, but resulted in outs. The next batter, Smoak, did the same thing, but this time Rickard in right field couldn’t handle the catch. A run scored and Smoak cruised into second base. Bautista struck out to end the frame, but Toronto had the lead, 1-0.
Dylan Bundy was doing well against the Blue Jays offense. He struck out six batters through five innings. Toronto was swinging freely instead of being patient and making Bundy throw a lot of pitches. The Baltimore starter needed 69 pitches in the first five frames.
A blooper for Donaldson dropped into the outfield to lead off the 6th inning. Following that, Smoak drew a walk, putting two on base. The Jays blew it by striking out twice and hitting a fly ball. Facing reliever Givens in the 7th, the team was retired in order, striking out twice. The Blue Jays were struggling to get hits.
In the 8th, Richard Urena was aggressive after hitting a single to left field. He tried to stretch it into a double, but was thrown out by Mancini at second base. Toronto got the next two runners on base when Donaldson walked and Smoak hit a single. It wasn’t much of a surprise when the Blue Jays struck out and hit a pop fly to leave both runners stranded.
Facing closer Zach Britton in the 9th, Pillar took a leadoff walk. The hit-and-run was on when Hernandez singled to right field, putting runners on the corners with no outs for the Jays. A ground ball from Barney resulted in a fielder’s choice, keeping runners on first and third base. Maile laced the ball to the third baseman, who couldn’t handle it. Machado dropped the ball, scoring Pillar and tying the game. The next batter, Urena, singled up the middle. The hit scored Barney and Toronto walked off the win. The offense finally came alive in the 9th inning, and the Blue Jays blew the save for Britton. It would have been nice if they could have gotten Biagini a well-deserved win, but it was an exciting finish for the team.
|T. Koehler (0-2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||7 (2-5)||2.19|
|T. Mayza (W, 1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||4 (0-4)||7.94|
Tom Koehler took the mound in the 9th inning. He struck out Jones and got Mancini to hit a ground ball. John Gibbons left the dugout and signalled for Tim Mayza to enter the game. The lefty struck out Davis rather quickly to end the frame. The two relievers did a good job of keeping the Orioles off the bases.