The Jays came into today looking for their first four game winning streak since last years postseason. They’d receive some help on the injury front, with Morales returning to his DH role on Mother’s Day. The lineup was hence a little different from previous days, Zeke in left with Joey Bats back at right field. Devon Travis was given a rest, with Barney at third and Coghlan at second. Maile was again catching.
The pitching was strong early, with the Mariners starter Ryan Weber pitching two strong innings, and Stroman pitching around hits to keep the game scoreless.
The Jays would break the tie in the bottom of the third, all with two outs, Pillar singled, then stole second. Zeke then singled to right, with Pillar beating the throw home to give the Jays a 1-0 lead.
The bottom of the fourth led to the exit of Ryan Weber with what seemed to be either a cramp in his arm, or something more sinister. Either way he exited the game for Dylan Overton, leaving with an injury to his throwing arm.
The fifth was frustrating, with the speed of Jarrod Dyson enabling him to beat the throw to first, an interesting infield single. Stroman followed by walking the number nine hitter, the catcher hitting under .100, which put Segura to the plate. Segura would ground into a DP, giving the Jays the chance to escape the inning with a 1-0 lead. It wasn’t to be however, Ben Gamel hit an RBI double over the head of a shallow Pillar, tying the score at one. Stroman would strikeout Cruz to end the inning.
Devon Travis pinch-hit for Coghlan to leadoff the bottom of the 5th, striking out. After a fly-out by Maile, Pillar doubled before Zeke flew out to center to end the inning.
The Mariners would take the lead in the 6th, with a one-out hit by Valencia followed by a two-out single by Guillermo Heredia, who’s jammed swing snuck through the infield. Jarrod Dyson would bring Valencia home, with an RBI single to center. The inning would end by a groundout by the Mariners catcher.
That lead wouldn’t last long, Morales marking his return with a massive home run, albeit one I saw on replay as I fell asleep between the bottom of the 6th and the top of the 8th.
By the time I woke up, we were up by 3, a Joey Bats lthree-run homer sealing the win, Jays win 7-2. Stro Show pitches 6 innings, giving up 2 earned runs off of 8 hits and 2 walks. For good measure, Stroman struck out nine.
To conclude, I’d like to bring up the seemingly special relationship Toronto and Seattle seem to have, despite the massive geographic distance between the two cities. First of all, let’s look at the sheer number of players that have played at both organisations. On the Mariners side, we had Chase De Jong, as well as the obvious ones in Casey Lawrence and Danny Valencia, for the Jays, there’s Smoaky. That alone doesn’t say much, but looking through the last couple of years, it feels like a lot more. Michael Saunders and Adam Lind, J.A Happ, Mark Lowe during our all-in season, the Jays and Seattle have traded players back and forth really in my eyes, and it is confounding how two teams can be so reliant upon each other in adding pieces.
Let’s also look at the main reason I bring this point up, the sheer amount of Blue Jays fans that show up and outnumbers Mariners fans every time they play in Seattle. Seattle has always been Toronto’s second home, and that’s probably the reason I love the Seattle series so much. Seeing Mariners fans reminds me of how widespread our support is across all of Canada, and how it’s not just Toronto, but Canada’s team (at least until Montreal finally get their ballclub back). Seattle will always be Toronto’s home away from home, and Seattle will always be a suitable trade partner whenever either team needs a piece.
I don’t know who is starting tomorrow, the time probably starts early, and I’m tired. It’s after 4AM here, I’m going to sleep, you guys enjoy your evening.