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Justin Smoak & Devon Travis Homer, Blue Jays Beat Orioles

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Justin Smoak and Devon Travis each hit two-run homeruns, helping the Blue Jays overcome an early deficit to beat the Orioles 4-2. The Jays tied the game up in the forth and took the lead in the fifth, before keeping the Orioles off of the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Aaron Sanchez started the game for Toronto, who once again struggled mightily with his control. He walked two in the first inning, before a lineout to Justin Smoak started an inning-ending double play. Sanchez also gave up a four-pitch walk to Manny Machado in the second, but a nice 4-6-3 double play got him out of the inning once again.

The free pass finally came back to hurt Sanchez in the third. A leadoff walk to Caleb Joseph came around to score on a Jimmy Paredes home run, giving the Orioles an early lead. Sanchez pitched back-to-back clean innings in the forth and fifth, before another two walks in the sixth ended his day. After giving up a single to the first batter he faced, Roberto Osuna induced a pop out and strikeout to get out of the Jays out of the jam. Though Sanchez only gave up two hits during this start, he did give up seven walks. Not exactly a recipe for success.

Baltimore attempted a late comeback in the ninth, when Miguel Castro gave up a double and a walk to start the inning. Thankfully, Castro rebounded and struck out Caleb Joseph, before getting Delmon Young to bounce into a game-ending double play.

On Offence:

  • Jose Reyes: 1 for 4, single, foul out, 2K.
  • Devon Travis: 3 for 4, HR, 2 singles, groundout, stolen base.
  • Josh Donaldson: 0 for 4, fly out, ground out, 2K
  • Edwin Encarnacion: 0 for 3, BB, 3 ground outs.
  • Justin Smoak: 1 for 4, HR, reached on error, fly out, K. His home run bounced off the top of the wall before leaving the park. Welcome to the Rogers Centre Justin!
  • Russell Martin: 1 for 3, single, BB, fly out, pop out. He also threw a bullet to third and caught Alejandro De Aza stealing, when the tying run was at the plate in Chris Davis.
  • Dalton Pompey: 2 for 3, double, bunt single, BB, K. He appeared to miss a hit-and-run sign, which led to Russell Martin being thrown out at second. Though Pompey did double in that at bat, the Jays failed to score in the inning.
  • Kevin Pillar: 1 for 4, single, SB, fly out, GIDP, K.
  • Ryan Goins: 0 for 3, groundout, 2K. He also had an error as the left fielder, after bobbling a ground ball let a runner advance to second base.


  • Aaron Sanchez: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4K, 7BB
  • Roberto Osuna: 1.2 IP, 2H, 1K. Striking out Joseph with the bases loaded was a huge moment in the game.
  • Brett Cecil: 0.2 IP, retired Chris Davis and Adam Jones in order. Left the game with two-outs in the eighth, when Steve Pearce came in to pinch hit for Travis Snider
  • Miguel Castro: 1.1 IP, 1H, 1K, 1BB. A strikeout and game-ending double play got him out of a two-on, no one out situation in the ninth.

Jays of the day are Devon Travis (.257), Roberto Osuna (.193) & Justin Smoak (.183). Suckage goes to Ryan Goins (-.117) and Josh Donaldson (-.110). Aaron Sanchez may deserve to be included as well, but I am in a good mood after the win.

The Blue Jays move to 8-7, and will go for the sweep tomorrow night. Drew Hutchison will take the mound for the Blue Jays against the Orioles' Chris Tillman.