That was pretty much the Josh Donaldson show. 4 hits, 6 RBI (including his 100th of the season), a home run, a double (and an error, but we'll forgive that). If this is the showcase of the MVP candidates, Josh has it won.
The rest of the offense was pretty good too, 20 hits in total. Home runs for Donaldson and Chris Colabello, A triple for Jose Bautista. 2 doubles for Edwin Encarnacion and 1 for Donaldson. Bautista and Colabello had 3 hits each. Encarnacion, Dioner Navarro, Kevin Pillar and Ben Revere had 2 hits each. The only Jays starters not to get a hit was Troy Tulowitzki (he had a walk) and Cliff Pennington (had a walk and a sac bunt). Everyone other starter had at least 2 hits. Ryan Goins and Ezequiel Carrera each singled in their at bat.
Matt Hague got a pinch hit at bat (before likely being sent back to Buffalo), and struck out.
We had RBI from Donaldson (6), Encarnacion (3), Bautista (2), Colabello (2), Revere (1) and Pennington (1).
The big inning was the 7 run 4th. 5 different Jays had RBI that inning. We also scored 3 in the 3rd inning, on Donaldson's 3-run homer. And we had 4 the 8th, a 2-run double for Edwin and a 2-run homer for Chris. Isn't it nice when we have a 4-run inning and it isn't the big inning of the night?
Marco Estrada pitched a decent game. It would have been nice if he pitched deeper into it. Since it was a blow out, it would have been nice to rest the bullpen. Marco only made it through 5.2 innings, allowed 5 hits, 3 earned, no walks and 4 strikeouts. He gave up a couple of home runs in the 5th inning, but, by then we were up by 10. He looked very good early, likely, when we took the big lead, he relaxed some and just tried to pump strikes.
The bullpen gave us 3.1 innings of shutout ball. Brett Cecil finished off the 6th. LaTroy Hawkins, Liam Hendriks and Bo Schultz each had a scoreless inning.
Jays of the Day: Donaldson (.293 WPA), Estrada (.140) and Ben Revere (.097 for a 2 for 4 with a walk, nice to see him getting the bat going.
Suckage: Tulowitzki (-.095, for an 0 for 5 with a walk). It amazes me that a Jay could get a -.095 in a win like that. Colabello also had a -.087, but I can't give a Suckage award to someone that homers, and had a pretty
Great game tonight, let's get the sweep tomorrow.
I love this:
We had 1630 comments in the GameThreads tonight. Pikachu led us to victory, great job.
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