8 in a row!
It was really great to see Scott Copeland pitch so well. He gave us 7 innings, allowed just 6 hits, no walks, with 4 strikeouts. He did give up a run but that's because of a catch that Ezequiel Carrera should have made, Ezequiel made a diving attempt at a Jeff Mathis fly and missed. There really was no reason for him to dive. An out later, Ichiro Suzuki hits one to center field that Kevin Pillar took a, let's say, less than optimum route towards. I don't think he could have caught it, but he might have stopped it from being an RBI triple. But, it really didn't matter, we had the game well in hand. Though it would have been nice to keep Copeland's ERA at 0.
Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil pitched the 8th and 9th. Since we have an off-day tomorrow and since we haven't had many close games, I'm ok with them getting work in. Cecil gave up a home run in the 9th, but the game was well in hand.
On offense, we had a pair of back-to-back homers. One set in the 4th inning Justin Smoak 2-run shot and Russell Martin. The other set in the 7th, Jose Reyes and Josh Donaldson.
We also scored 2 in the 2nd inning. Edwin Encarnacion singled, Smoak followed with a ground rule double. Russell Martin singled home run and Kevin Pillar hit a sac fly.
We had 9 hits on the day. 2 each for Donaldson, Encarnacion, Smoak (homer and double) and Martin. Reyes had the other hit.
Jays of the Day are Copeland (..260 WPA), Smoak (.187) and Martin (.114). I'm also giving an honorable mention to Donaldson for his terrific defense, in the 3rd inning he made 2 beautiful bare-handed plays. We've had some very good defensive third basemen, over the last few year, Rolen was fantastic and Lawrie was a walking highlight reel on defense, but Donaldson is just as much fun to watch.
No Suckage Jays.
We have an off-day tomorrow before playing the Red Sox in Boston.
We had 897 comments, a pretty good number for a Wednesday afternoon. DangYouToHeck led us to victory. Great job.
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