Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Toronto Blue Jays 4, Minnesota Twins 3

Toronto edges Minnesota to take game two of the series.

Toronto

4

Minnesota

3

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

W: J. Happ 9-10
L: B. Colón 4-5
S: R. Osuna 3-4

The Starter

B+

J. Happ

W, 9-10 | 6.1 IP | 3 (3) | 7 H | 1 BB | 5 K |
96 PC, B: 29, S: 67 | 3.76 ERA

J.A. Happ looked strong to start the game. He cruised through the lineup in order for the 1st inning, needing only nine pitches. After a strikeout to begin the 2nd, Happ gave up a single to Buxton. The runner was left stranded when the starter recorded two straight outs. Happ had great command, and he was locating his pitches nicely.

The 3rd inning wasn’t going too well for J.A. He walked the leadoff batter, then issued a single. Dozier hit an infield single to the middle of the diamond. Urena got to the ball and tried to flip the ball to second base but missed. Everyone was safe and the bases were loaded. The Twins took the lead on a sacrifice fly from Mauer. The damage was minimized when Happ got the next two outs, including a three-pitch strikeout of Escobar.

Buxton made it to first base on a bunt to start the 4th. He stole second base with ease. Two outs later, Gimenez hit an RBI single off the wall in right field. The inning ended, but the Twins added another run and were winning 2-0.

To begin the 5th inning, Brian Dozier hit a home run to left field. He battled with Happ for five pitches before getting a hold of a fastball and taking it deep. The Toronto starter recovered well to get the next three outs without any problems. Despite giving up a single in the 6th, Happ had a good inning. He struck out two batters and still had great command of his pitches.

After a long break, Happ came out in the 7th with the lead. He got a fly ball before being taken out of the game. One more out for good measure. He pitched the game very well. Happ wasn’t shutting the Twins down, but he kept his team in the game and put together some decent innings.

The Hitting

C+
Player H-AB R RBI BB SO 2B-3B-HR SB AVG OBP Slug
R. Ureña 0-5 0 0 0 2 0-0-0 0 .255 .314 .383
J. Donaldson 3-5 1 2 0 0 1-0-1 0 .258 .384 .522
J. Smoak 0-2 0 0 3 0 0-0-0 0 .278 .360 .551
J. Bautista 0-5 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .204 .309 .372
K. Morales 0-4 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .247 .304 .449
K. Pillar 1-2 2 1 2 0 0-0-1 0 .261 .306 .416
R. Martin 2-4 1 1 0 1 2-0-0 0 .225 .352 .386
R. Goins 1-4 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .226 .278 .336
T. Hernández 1-4 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .308 .333 .564

The Blue Jays were facing Bartolo “Big Sexy” Colon in tonight’s matchup. He got six straight fly balls from the Toronto hitters to start the game. After two ground balls to start the 3rd, Hernandez slapped the first hit to center field. A ground ball would end the inning. Colon wasn’t facing much resistance from the visiting batters.

Leading off the 5th, Kevin Pillar hit a solo-shot to left field. Toronto was hitting a lot of fly balls early in the game. They weren’t getting all of the bat on the ball. Pillar finally squared one up against Colon for his 16th homer of the season. The next batter, Martin, hit a double off the wall in right-centre field. Colon recorded the next three outs to end the inning. The Minnesota lead was cut in half, 2-1.

The Blue Jays led off the 6th with a home run. This time it was Josh Donaldson, who hit his 26th of the year to the second deck in left field. The next three batters in the inning were retired in order.

Colon issued a free pass to Pillar to begin the 7th. Martin followed with his second double of the game to cash in the run. It was a big hit for the catcher to tie the game 3-3. After Colon was removed from the game, Goins laid down a perfect bunt for a single. The reliever, Ryan Pressly, got the next two outs. Donaldson then hit a ground ball for an infield hit. The grounder went off the pitcher’s leg and ricocheted between second and third base where no one could make the play. Justin Smoak walked, loading the bases, but a ground ball by Bautista ended the frame. On the bright side, Toronto took the lead 4-3.

Josh Donaldson hit the ball hard again in the 9th with two outs. This time he ended up with a double when the ball bounced off the wall in right-centre field. Smoak was walked to get to Bautista, who struck out to end the inning. The Blue Jays did well to put up enough runs for the win. The bats showed more pop than they have in recent games, but they have yet to fully come alive as we have seen in the past.

The Bullpen

A+
Player IP R ER H BB SO PC (B-S) ERA
D. Leone (3-0) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 8 (3-5) 2.53
R. Tepera (7-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 9 (2-7) 3.42
R. Osuna (S, 3-4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 15 (7-8) 3.60

With one out in the 7th, the team turned to Dominic Leone. He got two quick ground balls to end the frame. Leone took care of business, getting the outs he needed to.

For the 8th, Ryan Tepera took the mound. Thankfully, Target Field is deep in centre field. The second batter, Escobar, hit one hard to Pillar that would have been a home run on either side of the field. Dead centre field is 411 ft. at the deepest point. Tepera struck out Buxton to end the inning. Ryan threw nine pitches and seven strikes of excellent relief.

Roberto Osuna returned to the club after welcoming his new daughter into the world. The closer hadn’t pitched in ten days, but looked ready to go with his fastball hitting 96 mph. He got a ground ball and a fly ball before ending the game with a strikeout. Roberto looked a bit rusty at times. He was off the plate on many occasions, but got the outs he needed. It was good to see Osuna reunited with Martin, with whom he has seen his most success.

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