Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Baltimore Orioles 2, Toronto Blue Jays 1

Good pitching, bad hitting, worse fielding.





1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

W: K. Gausman 11-10
L: M. Stroman 11-8
S: Z. Britton 2-1

The Starter


M. Stroman

L, 11-8 | 6.0 IP | 2 (0) | 6 H | 3 BB | 7 K |
92 PC, B: 37, S: 55 | 3.08 ERA

A bad throw by Donaldson put Beckham on first base to begin the game. It was the thirteenth error of the season for Josh at third base. He made another mistake when Schoop hit a grounder to third and the ball was bobbled, preventing the double play. A pretty rough start for Donaldson. When Jones hit a double with two outs, a run scored. It was a routine fly ball, but Hernandez misjudged it in left field. On a fly ball to centre field by Mancini, Pillar couldn’t track the ball and it ended up bouncing next to him. Pillar didn’t know where the ball was. Another run scored on the play, and Mancini ended up with a triple. There was not a lot of help from the defense for Stroman in the inning. The starter had to strike out two batters himself to get out of the frame. A bizarre first inning for the Blue Jays, who trailed 2-0.

The 2nd went much smoother for Stroman. He retired the side in order, picking up a strikeout along the way. The next inning, Marcus struck out the first two batters before giving up a single to Schoop. A ground ball stranded the runner. Through three innings, Stroman had struck out five batters while throwing 34 of 48 pitches for strikes. He had his good stuff on display early in the game.

Mancini started off the 4th inning with a double to the gap in left-centre. Stroman followed by issuing two consecutive walks, loading the bases. He recovered by striking out Smith and getting a double play. That couldn’t have gone any better for Stroman after he got himself into quite the jam. He was fired up on his way back to the dugout. Amazing job escaping the inning without giving up any runs.

Marcus gave up a single in the 5th, but pitched his way out of the frame. He ended the inning by getting his seventh strikeout of the game. After a one-out single in the 6th, play stopped when something was bothering Stroman. He was shaking his arm after his first pitch to the next batter. Gibbons paid him a visit, but the starter insisted he was fine. Stroman gave up a walk, but then got a double play to end the inning.

Instead of going back into the game in the 7th, Stroman was taken out. It was probably precautionary for Marcus after he showed signs of discomfort in his last inning. He had a great start other than the two unearned runs in the 1st frame.

The Hitting

R. Ureña 1-4 0 1 0 3 1-0-0 0 .316 .381 .474
J. Donaldson 1-4 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .253 .379 .511
J. Smoak 0-4 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .278 .358 .548
J. Bautista 0-3 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .208 .314 .379
K. Morales 3-4 0 0 0 0 1-0-0 0 .250 .307 .456
E. Carrera 0-0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .288 .361 .420
K. Pillar 1-4 0 0 0 2 0-0-0 0 .259 .302 .409
R. Martin 0-3 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .221 .350 .377
T. Hernández 1-2 1 0 1 0 1-0-0 0 .324 .351 .618
R. Goins 0-2 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .225 .278 .337

Tonight’s game featured the return of Russell Martin, who is back from an oblique injury. After an uneventful 1st inning for Toronto, the next inning started with Bautista getting hit by a slider. The pitch got away from Orioles starter, Kevin Gausman. Three quick outs followed, as Gausman took care of the Blue Jays rather easily.

The first hit of the game for the Jays was a leadoff double for Hernandez in the 3rd. A sacrifice bunt by Goins moved the runner to third base. The next batter, Urena, blooped a ball to left field. Mancini couldn’t handle the fly ball, which scored a run and put Urena on second base. Then, Donaldson got an infield single to put runners on the corners with one out. The inning ended when Smoak hit into a double play. Not an ideal at-bat from Smoak, but at least the team scored a run in the frame.

Gausman had the game firmly under control. The Blue Jays couldn’t string any hits together to score runs. When there were baserunners, the Baltimore starter got himself out of trouble. A prime example was in the 6th inning. Morales hit a two-out double, but then Pillar struck out to leave him stranded. Gausman fanned six batters through his seven frames of work.

Toronto was finally facing the bullpen in the 8th. They didn’t fare much better. The reliever, O’Day, struck out Urena and Donaldson before getting Smoak to ground out. Against Britton in the 9th, Morales hit a single with one out in the inning. Pillar then hit into a double play to finish the game. It was a disappointing game for the offense. Not only did the hitters let the team down at the plate, but defensive mistakes cost the Blue Jays the win.

The Bullpen

C. Ramírez (0-0) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 14 (5-9) 0.00
D. Leone (3-0) 0.2 0 0 1 0 1 9 (3-6) 2.55
M. Dermody (2-0) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 (0-1) 4.67
R. Tepera (7-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 15 (6-9) 3.47

For the bottom of the 7th, Carlos Ramirez took the mound. He struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up a walk to Machado. The inning ended when Schoop hit an infield fly ball. It was another great inning of relief for Ramirez.

The Blue Jays turned to Dominic Leone in the 8th. A double by Jones started the inning off. Leone struck out a batter, then got a fly ball which advanced the runner to third base. He was removed by Gibby in favour of left-throwing Matt Dermody to face lefty Chris Davis. On the first pitch from Dermody, Davis hit a shallow fly ball to right field which was caught by Goins. The two relievers worked together effectively to keep any runs from scoring.

Ryan Tepera was on the hill for the 9th inning. He worked the Orioles for a strikeout, a grounder and a fly ball. Tepera pitched a clean inning of relief. He had good command and was in control the whole time.

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