I should probably rename the title Jays Watch Loss Nine and go from there
This needed to be the game where things flipped, yes needed. At 1-8, and facing of all people Wade Miley, if they couldn’t win today with Aaron Sanchez, I don’t know if the Jays could come even close to making the playoffs.
The Jays got off to a terrible start, with Chris Davis scoring off a wild pitch, after Davis doubled and got to third on a ground-out. Things though improved, with the Jays bats finally firing in the 2nd, two runs scoring as a result of an RBI single by Smoaky and an error from Manny Machedo on a simple DP ball.
The Jays extended the lead in the 4th, with a solo shot from Smoaky making it 3-1. At this point, things looked good for the Jays second win of the season. Then Sanchez started getting tagged. In the top of the 5th, Jonathon Schoop started with a lead-off homer, then after a quick out and a double by the Orioles Korean Guy (Kim, the guy the can was thrown at last season), JJ Hardy hit another home run, giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead. The Jays eventually got out of the inning, stranded an Orioles runner on second.
It got worse in the top of the 6th, with Chris Davis hitting a solo shot into dead center, and after allowing a single to Schoop, Sanchez’s night was over. He pitched 5 and a third, conceding five earned runs. Dominic Leone was able to get out of the jam though, keeping the score at 5-3.
Leone and Loup combined to pitch a scoreless 7th, which left the offense needing to score at least three against the Orioles pen. The 7th looked promising but ended in predictable disappointment, with Steve Pearce popping out on a full count with runners on first and second. That got Darren O’Day out of his troubles.
The 8th started with the umpire taking a blow to his jaw from a foul ball. This sounds sad, but having watched the way Russell Martin has taken blow after blow after blow, the fact that the umpire went down, stayed down, and had to get a medical cart to assist him was in my mind hilarious. He went down like a sack of bricks, and stayed down. To top it all off, there was a 15 minute delay getting him off the field and replacing him with another one of the umpires. Jesus Christ, our lord didn’t die on Good Friday to witness this.
The delay seemed to affect Ryan Tepera, who from a 1-2 count before the delay, proceeded to walk Trumbo. A double-play however negated this, and a fly-out ensured that the Jays stood a chance to take the lead. They didn’t come close. Grilli then conceded a solo shot in the top of the 9th, leaving the Jays down 3 and needing a miracle to come back in this.
Again, they’d face Zach Britton, and again, they’d come close without actually causing Britton’s first blown save in nearly 20 months. Martin would score on a single by Devon Travis to make it 6-4, then a hit by Kevin Pillar would put runners on first and second, and the go-ahead run at the plate. Sadly, the batter would be Steve Pearce, and like all of his games against the Orioles this season, the game would come down to him against Zach Britton.
Let me recap what had happened those previous times, grounded into a DP to end the game down two with the bases loaded, that was at Camden Yards in the second game of the season, yesterday down one with two runners in scoring position, he lined out to center (which in all fairness what a hard-hit ball). So rather predictably, he struck out, leaving the Jays 1-9 and looking in big trouble.