A beautiful day in Toronto, a barmy night in Beijing, Marco Estrada bobblehead day. This was truly a perfect time for Baseball, especially with the chance to sweep the Mariners. Saying that though, a barmy night in Beijing is one thing, writing this at 4AM again having no sleep beforehand is another. The Jays were out in their Mothers Day uniform for the second straight day, presumably because it is Mothers Day in Canada. A beautiful tone of pink on the uniforms, and a nice touch with the pink bats.
Aaron Sanchez would be making his return for the Blue Jays, and would be up against lefty Ariel Miranda. Because of the match-up, we’d see Steve Pearce in left, with Darwin at third. The rest of the lineup was normal (at least normal for the injuries), with Goins at short, Travis at second, Maile catching, Morales at DH, you know what you’re smart enough to get the point
An explosive start to the game, Segura began with an infield hit, before being caught stealing second on a great throw by Maile and a good tag by Goins. Sanchez was able to strikeout Gamel on a high fastball, and after a 4-pitch walk to Nelson Cruz got a fly-out off of Seager to end the inning. The Jays meanwhile went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the first.
Another leadoff infield single for the Mariners to start the second, this time from Danny Valencia. After a strikeout of Taylor Motter, an FC grounder put Danny Valencia at second. Dyson would line out to Smoak to end the inning. It was noticed during this inning as well by Buck that Sanchez had blood on his uniform, a terrible sign if you’ve stayed in the loop regarding the Jays.
Dyson was a hoover in center, well he has been for four days. It continued in the second, with a good running catch to take out Morales he couldn’t do anything with Smoaky’s base hit. Steve Pearce then doubled, putting runners on second and third, Pearce though pulled up lame with an apparent injury, walking off the field immediately after calling time and being replaced by Zeke. My theory looking at the replay is that he did his groin, as it looked like he did the splits attempting to avoid the tag. (TURNS OUT I WAS WRONG, IT WAS CALF TIGHTNESS)
Back to the game, bottom of the second, runners on second and third and one out. Miranda would escape the jam, with the strikeouts of Travis and then Goins. Buck giving a Mothers Day message to end the second.
Sanchez went 1-2-3 through the third, striking out Gamel again to end this inning. Miranda meanwhile struck out the side in the bottom of the third.
Sanchez had trouble in the fourth, after a leadoff walk to Cruz, Seager singled to center, leaving runners at first and second with no outs. Yet Sanchez would get out of the inning unscathed, with a lot of help by both teams. Firstly, Pillar made a circus catch to get Valencia, this left Nelson Cruz, who had broken for third before the catch stuck at second. A pop-up followed by a grounder ended the inning and kept the score at zeroes.
Miranda again had little issue getting through the fourth, pitching around a leadoff walk to Joey Bats. Sanchez meanwhile allowed a run in the fifth, after catcher Carlos Ruiz was given an infield single on review, Segura tried to leg out a double on a hit down the right field line, Joey Bats threw another cannon that ricocheted off of Segura sliding into second. The ricochet sent the ball into the outfield, allowing Ruiz to score and Segura to advance to third. Joey Bats was charged with the throwing error, harsh but according to the rules of the game the right call. Gamel then struck out again, caught looking on a full count curveball. Sanchez would get out of it by getting Nelson Cruz to ground out to short.
Devon Travis would start with a leadoff double, and would advance to third on a two-strike sac bunt by Goins. Because it’s Luke Maile, he popped out first pitch, leaving Pillar needing a hit to score Travis. Pillar would walk, but Travis would be stranded as Barney would strike out on a slider to end the inning and leave the Mariners 1-0 up after five.
Sanchez was removed for Dominic Leone to start the sixth, Leone would strand a baserunner in a scoreless inning, while Miranda would exit the game after another leadoff walk to Joey Bats. After Morales struck out, Smoaky would give the Jays the lead with a 2-run shot just over the wall in left-center. The Mariners reliever (I forgot his name) kept having problems, even walking Zeke following the home run. Zeke would be caught trying to advance on a ball in the dirt (it might have been scored as caught stealing, but I don’t know), hitting Taylor Motter with his helmet while tagged out. Because this is baseball, the next pitch was hit for a double by Devon. Travis though would be stranded at second.
Leone allowed a home run to Jarrod Dyson in the seventh, like how does Jarrod Dyson hit a home run, Leone would leave with two outs in the seventh, Tepera mopping up the inning. After nothing in the seventh, Tepera got through the eighth in seven pitches, even adding a strikeout for good measure.
A one-out single in the eighth by Morales put the Jays in position, Coghlan coming in to pinch-run. Smoaky then walked, allowed runners on first and second. Those runners ended up being stranded, as Zeke struck out and Travis flew out to left.
Tepera again went 1-2-3 in the ninth, so on came Edwin Diaz, the Mariners closer on for the first time in the series looking to send the game into extras. There would never be extras, with Kevin Pillar getting the walk-off homer to give the Jays a 3-2 victory. Gotta love walk-offs.
No last thoughts, I’m too tired to keep writing.