Blue Jays 10 Athletics 3
The Toronto Blue Jays were back Wednesday night for the second game of their series against the Oakland A's attempting to win their 10th game in a row (Spoiler: It went very well... Box Score for you Mobile Users).
R.A. Dickey took the hill for the Blue Jays. He'd struggled early in the year but has come alive recently. Since the All-Star Break he is 3-0 in five starts and has a 0.99 ERA with a 2.85 FIP. For the season; 6-10 with a 3.93 ERA and a 4.61 FIP.
For the A's, Aaron Brooks. Four games, two starts, a 1-0 record with a 2.41 ERA on a 2.35 FIP.
While Dickey would cruise through the Top of the 1st with a couple flyouts and a K, Brooks would not be so lucky. Following a walk and a single from Troy Tulowitki and Josh Donaldson, respectively, he would manage to strike out Jose Bautista before Chris Colabello demolished a pitch to left field, barely missing an 3rd Deck shot. His 11th on the season, 3-0 Jays.
Hit so far it caused reactions like this...
.@CC20rake’s power got @Encadwin like: http://t.co/QXMXc0zUZS @budcanada pic.twitter.com/CAAlFqrzzv— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 13, 2015
Danny Valencia, not to be outdone, reminded everyone that the Blue Jays let him go to the A's for nothing by putting a ball over the wall in the 2nd inning. Since joining the A's he's hit .400/.450/.850 with a wRC+ of 259 entering play tonight.
A single (Billy Butler), ground rule double (Mark Canha), and fielders choice (Eric Sogard) later and the A's had pulled the game to a 3-2 Jays advantage before R.A would get Sam Fuld to roll over on a pitch and end the inning.
The Blue Jays would load the bases in the 2nd (it seemed like it was going to be 'that' kind of night) after a Ryan Goins walk, Ben Revere double, and Troy Tulowitzki HBP bringing Josh Donaldson to the plate. On a full count he slapped a ball to the right side past Canha and both Goins and Revere scored on the play. 5-2 Jays.
Jose Bautista single to left but a decent throw from Fuld (offline but close enough for Stephen Vogt to dive back and make a tag on Tulo) took a run off the board. It was a questionable send by Luis Rivera and it cost the Jays a chance to have Colabello up with the bases loaded and only one out.
Following a close fair-foul call that looked to be fair but called foul (Jays couldn't challenge having challenged the play at the plate on the previous play) Chris Colabello singled to right scoring Donaldson and giving the Jays a 6-2 lead. It was Cola's 4th RBI on the night.
Another former Jay, this time Felix Doubront, would find himself sent into the game. He relieved Brooks and immediately gave up an RBI single to Russell Martin to make the score 7-2. It was at this point I realized I was at 450 words and we were only in the 2nd inning...
Noted lefty masher and Jays 1B Justin Smoak would be next to face Doubront and took him deep to centerfield for the two out, three run homer. There's a joke in there that I just don't feel comfortable making on a family site... It was his 11th on the year making the score 10-2 Blue Jays....
The A's would add another to make it a 10-3 ballgame in the 4th.
Dickey would leave the game after six innings allowing 6 hits, 3 ER, and in-line for the win. He wasn't dominant but he was fine. Pitched to the score, perhaps. Either way, it was a fine if unspectacular outing and more than enough for the Jays to win.
Bo Schultz and Liam Hendriks combined for two innings of 2 hit ball, each with a strikeout. Aaron Loup came on the close out the game in the ninth, his first appearance since... July 31st... Why is he still on the-- oh, nevermind. He'd allow a baserunner but would close out the game with a K of Sogard.
Blue Jays win their 10th straight game, 10-3 final! This ties them with the Yankees for the ALE lead with the Yankees down 2-1 (at the time of this post) to the Indians in the bottom of the 8th.
UPDATE: Yankees lose! The Blue Jays are now in sole possession of 1st Place in the ALE!
Final Score: 10-3 for Toronto!
Jays of the Day: Chris Colabello went 2-4 with a HR and 4 RBI (.270), Josh Donaldson went 2-4 driving in a pair of runs (.156).
Jays look to sweep the series tomorrow as they send Mark Beuhrle to the mound.