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Eric Thames Hits First Major League Home Run: Jays Beat Pirates

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Love this picture, there is something about a player smiling right after hitting the ball hard.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Love this picture, there is something about a player smiling right after hitting the ball hard. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Pirates 1 Blue Jays 2

Now that was a fun game. Eric Thames hits his first MLB homer, an opposite field shot. Rajai Davis starts hitting, getting a big ground rule double in the 7th and then he scored the winning run on Yunel Escobar double. And Brandon Morrow pitched us a great game.

Morrow went 7, with 10 strikeouts, giving up 4 hits, 3 walks and 1 earned. I really love watching Brandon. Guys that can strikeout that many batters, you just never know when they'll have a special game.

Jason Frasor pitched a great 8th and Frank Francisco got the save, scaring us a bit with a long fly to the track in right. Thames also scared us a bit, he didn't exactly look Gillette confident making that catch. 

We didn't get a lot of offense, though with 9 hits and 2 walks, we should have scored more. Davis, Escobar and Lind had 2 hits each. I'm hoping that maybe, with two hard hit doubles today, Davis might be coming out of his slump. 0 fors today went to Aaron Hill, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Molina

Jays of the Day are Morrow (.287), Francisco (.169), Frasor (.124) and Thames (.121). Suckage numbers go to EE (-.174) and Molina (-.118) though he made a great throw to first to pick off Garrett Jones in the 8th, so I can't give him the a suckage award.

Tomorrow we have the rubber match of the series. Brett Cecil makes his first start for the Jays since back in April. Jeff Karstens (5-4, 2.66) starts for the Pirates.