The way this offence is going, after a few so-so games, you just feel bad for the upcoming starting pitcher - especially when they don't have their best stuff like Rick Porcello can attest to. Porcello allowed seven runs in two innings.
Alright, maybe "feel bad" is a little strong, but today's game was a lot of fun to watch with the bats getting going again and just dominating Red Sox pitching today.
The team got off on the right foot as Edwin Encarnacion opened the festivities with a three-run home run. After Russell Martin was hit by a pitch, Justin Smoak hit his first of two home runs of the game and the Blue Jays quickly had a 5-0 lead. They added to that with a Jose Bautista two-run home run in the second and another run in the third and before you knew it, Mark Buehrle had a huge cushion and didn't even need half of it.
Buehrle had another solid start and shows why the Blue Jays have been improved over the last month or so. He had seven really good innings allowing only 7 four hits and a very-Buehrle-like zero walks and seven strikeouts. And don't look now but his ERA for the season is down to 3.64.
Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil finished the game for the Blue Jays. Mookie Betts had a home run off of Loup in the eighth inning. Cecil continues his road back to effectiveness after a couple of rough outings that saw him lose the closer's slot in the bullpen.
Jose Reyes: 4/5, 4 runs
Josh Donaldson: 3/5, HR, 2 RBI, K
Jose Bautista: 2/3, HR, 3 RBI, K
Edwin Encarnacion: 1/5, HR, 3 RBI, K
Russell Martin: 0/3, HBP
Justin Smoak: 3/4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Kevin Pillar: 3/4
Ezequiel Carrera: 0/3, BB
Ryan Goins: 0/4, 2 K
Danny Valencia (for Bautista): 0/1
Jays of the Day: Smoak is the obvious choice offensively (+.102) even though Encarnacion's timing gave him a bigger number (+0.162). Buehrle is also an obvious choice at +1.03.
Suckage: Happy Canada Day! Nothing to see here.
Up next, tomorrow's series finale at 7:07 p.m. Matt Boyd (0-1, 5.40) will be making his second career start against Wade Miley (0-1, 5.40). The Jays will be looking to split the series.