So, Joe gets another start, is this the way our rotation is going to be, our seventh-inning guy pitching every fifth day. Well it worked against Tampa, and with the banged-up Mariners in town, there was no reason it couldn’t work here. It would need to work, because without Morales again, the same lineup was trotted out as yesterday. Coghlan and Ohlman the only two on the bench. The Mariners were bringing another pitcher I’d never heard of to face Joe, and after seeing his stats from the Sportsnet pitch analysis, this game wasn’t going to be an issue.
Biagini had a strong first, and the Jays looked in business early, with Pillar and Zeke both reaching base. Joey Bats though passed on two hittable balls, and later on in the at-bat, grounded into a DP. Smoaky would ground out to end the inning, wasting a golden opportunity.
Biagini retiring the side in order again in the second, and again, the Jays would start with two on base, this time from Steve Pearce and Goins. Next, Barney was told to sac bunt, which he did. This may’ve advanced the runners, but what was the point of trading an out for the chance of a run in the second. I guess I shouldn’t complain, Devon tacked on an RBI on a groundout to short. Maile would groundout (he hit the ball hard, does that count for something?) to strand Goins at third. 1-0 Jays heading into the third, and the Mariners pitcher Bergman was already in deep trouble.
In the third, wow the third, I for the life of me don’t know how to accurately convey the emotions felt in the top of the THIRD. So, after Taylor Motter singled, Zeke nearly made a Pillar-like catch in right-center, however the ball tipped off of his glove, a double by Jarrod Dyson after Carlos Ruiz (yes that one) struck out put runners on second and third with one out. Segura then hit a routine RBI grounder, except Motter froze and stayed at third, leaving two out and Ben Gamel needing a hit. Gamel would flare one to open space, where in every situation bar two outs and two runners in scoring position most people let it drop for a hit. Not Steve Pearce though. At full speed, he laid out and caught it, saving two runs for the Jays.
This time, the Jays wouldn’t let a leadoff runner go to waste. After Pillar reached through a single and Zeke grounded out. Joey Bats hit a two run shot right off the foul netting in left, giving the Jays a much deserved 3-0 lead after three. Biagini pitched around a double to escape the fourth, and the Jays had things going again in the fourth, Barney with a one-out double, but yet again, the Jays couldn’t cash in a RISP.
Biagini again went 1-2-3 in the fifth, while a Pillar lead-off single was again wasted, Pillar stranded at second. Biagini would come out to start the 6th, after allowing a base-hit to start the inning to Segura, he was removed for the platoon. Loup would remove the lead runner before being replaced by Danny Barnes. Barnes would give up a single, but would strand runners at first and third by getting Danny Valencia to strike out.
Goins would reach with one out in the sixth with a bloop single, and a passed ball and single by Barney would bring him around to third with one out. A Devon Travis sac fly would then score Ryan, extending the lead to 4-0. Yet again, Maile grounded out to end the inning.
The Jays pitched out of a jam in the seventh, Danny Barnes got two outs before exiting with runners on first and second, before Tepera got Segura to fly out to end the threat. In the bottom half of the inning, Zeke got a one-out double, before stealing third. Zeke wouldn’t come home though, Joey Bats striking out and Smoaky grounding out into the shift again.
Nothing else really happened from there, Tepera got through the eighth, then Osuna pitched a great ninth to seal a 4-0 win.
Joe had another amazing start, 5 innings pitched, no walks, 4 hits given up and no runs conceded. He still hasn’t given up a run as a major league starter, and looks the goods, he was fully deserving of the win today. Who cares about the Mariners pitcher
To conclude today, I’d like to bring up a fact everyone knows, but only if you watch the games. Zeke and Pillar can’t play together in the outfield. Every single fucking time there’s a fly ball in between Pillar and Zeke, Zeke and Pillar either collide, or fight for the ball, or have a mix-up. We haven’t seen a dropped ball because of it this season, but it’s frustrating as hell as a fan, and I’m sure as a pitcher as well knowing that the difference between escaping an inning or conceding runs on an easy fly ball is whether or not these two can figure out who is going to catch the ball. Does Zeke wear earplugs or something? Steve Pearce and Pillar don’t have this problem, likewise Melvin Upton jr and Pillar didn’t have these problems, even Joey Bats and Pillar. It’s just Zeke, and fuck it frustrates me.
With the win, the Jays are now 6 games back of .500 and are looking good, especially with starters to come back, in particular Russell Martin, who’s bat needs to come in for Maile’s, even if Maile is doing his job well (other than the hitting). An early start tomorrow, with the Stro Show up against another random, let’s see the Jays clinch their third straight series, GO JAYS