The Jays are rolling
Basically, we didn’t capitalise in the first inning, we had bases loaded with one out thanks to a couple of walks and a single. Smoaky and Tulo though would both strike out.
Marwin Gonzalez continued his golden year in the second, with a solo shot giving the Astros the lead. That lead wouldn’t last too long, as the Jays would fail to fully take advantage of an opportunity in the 4th.
Morales would reach on a one-out error, and would be plated on a two-out single by Steve Pearce. An unlucky ground-rule double by Pillar kept Pearce from scoring, and men were stranded on second and third.
The Jays would immediately trail, as the Astros looked to get to Liriano. Francisco though would limit the damage, stranding runners at second and third with the Jays behind 2-1 after five.
Joey Bats had a two-strike leadoff single, and from there, the Jays came running. Martin singled, and both runners advanced upon a passed ball by McCann where he was again crossed up. Donaldson, stuck in that 0-15 rut, was given the green light on a 3-0 count, and singled to right, plating two.
Things would soon get even better. Following a Smoaky strikeout, Morales doubled into the right field power alley, scoring Donaldson. Then Tulo would break his 0-22 streak with RISP, with a single to score Morales. With that single, it was suddenly 5-2, and McCullers Jr was knocked out of the game.
Michael Feliz came in to relieve, and things kept on improving. Pearce was walked on 5 pitches, and second base wasn’t covered on a double play grounder, leaving the bases loaded. This meant Ryan Goins up with the bases loaded and the chance to nearly end this game. Damn right he would, a single off the wall scoring one, and if it wasn’t for Luis Rivera at third, we would’ve had bases loaded with one out. Joey Bats would strike out to end the inning, but at 6-2 after five, we were in great shape, for the entire series really.
Liriano would get out of the sixth through a double play, which erased a one-out single and gave him a quality start.
I could’ve talked more about the rest of the game, but the bottom of the 5th was wonderful, so it rightly deserves all the praise (it also gives me the chance to again criticise Luis Rivera).
The Sportsnet stream crashed in the bottom of the 6th, leading me to basically skip the inning and actually work. Turned out Russell Martin hit a solo shot.
Liriano came out for the seventh, and was immediately hit for a ground-rule double by Alex Bregman, that would end the night of Liriano. He was in line for the win, as Ryan Tepera came on to relieve. He’d allow Bregman to score, but that was it. Following a scoreless bottom of the 7th, the score was 7-3 Jays.
Tepera would allow a home run to bring the game into a save situation, and after a HBP, Tepera was yanked for Leone, with worries of the 2017 Blue Jays on my mind. Leone then walked a batter with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate. Josh Reddick (the most unclutch hitter I know) would face LOOGY Jeff Beliveau! I was screaming inside, realising that this may not end well. Beliveau got Reddick to fly out, thankfully.
Osuna was up, which surprised me as I thought that today was be a rest day for the star. Meanwhile on the field, Donaldson had a two-out single, but couldn’t be cashed in, meaning save time for Roberto
The first out was made on a hard hit liner, caught by Pillar in deep center. Another quick out and a grounder by Correa made it another save for Osuna, another win for the Jays, and a good day.
Jays win the first game of the Astros series 7-4 and pick up the 40th win of the campaign