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Mark Buehrle appreciation recap. Blue Jays win!

A win!!

It is good to see smiles again.
It is good to see smiles again.
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 6 Royals 2

We needed that. Or maybe I needed that.

Mark Buehrle was just so impressive, again, today. He pitched 7 innings (maybe he could have pitched another inning, but it was really hot in KC). He allowed just 5 hits, 2 earned, no walks with 2 strikeouts. 85 total pitches, 65 strikes. 14 ground outs, 2 fly outs.

That's his 6th start in a row where he went at least 7 innings. And 12 starts in a row that's he's gone at least 6 innings. He hasn't allowed more than 2 earned since May 29. After that start, he had a 4.97 ERA, Now he is at 3.34

Add in that it is his 3rd consecutive start without a walk....he's been amazing.

When he is pitching like this, there is no one in baseball more fun to watch.

The bullpen did the job too. Bo Schultz pitched a clean 8th (pretty important, since he had just a 1-run lead) and Roberto Osuna pitched a clean 9th.

And, finally, our offense came through with some runs.

It took until the 4th inning before we scored, but it got the bats starts. We scored:

  • 2 in the 4th: Jose Bautista led off with a single and Edwin Encarnacion hit his first home runs since the firs tof the month.
  • 1 in the 6th: Kevin Pillar singled and then was erased on a force out, when Ezequiel Carerra's bunt stopped too close to the catcher. Devon Travis  singled and Jose Bautista singled home Ezequiel.
  • 3 in the 9th: Devon Travis singled. Jose Reyes tried to bunt, twice, and failed, then doubled. Your leadoff man should be bunting. Danny Valencia followed with a 3-run homer.
We had 11 hits on the day, nice to see the offense back. Reyes had 3, Travis had 2 and all of the other starters had 1, except for Josh Donaldson (who left the game in the 6th with 'flu like symptoms, likely caused by the heat in KC) and Carerra (0 for 4, 2 k).

Jays of the Day: Buehrle (.192 WPA), Reyes (.187, 3 for 4, 3 steals and he made a very nice play, going back on a soft looping fly), Edwin (.156), Schultz (.132) and Pillar (.098, 1 for 3, 2 walks (!) and a steal).

Suckage? Donaldson had the number (-.100), but since he wasn't feeling well, I won't give him the award.

We have our last game, before the break, tomorrow. Another win would be nice.

We had 746 comments in the GameThread, Belisarius led us to victory. Great job sir.

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