We needed a great start and we got one.
Marco Estrada dominated. 7 innings, 5 hits (3 singles, 2 doubles), 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. He seemed in control all the way.
He did get some help from his fielders, a terrific relay throw from Ryan Goins got Dustin Pedroia at the plate. I honestly didn't think they had a shot an him, Pedroia was well past second by the time Jose Bautista got to the ball, but two strong throws (and a great tag) and he was out.
That was the play of the game. Marco didn't need any other heroics, on defense, all game long.
And the bullpen did the job closing out the game.
Drew Storen pitched the 8th, he had help from Darwin Barney and Goins, making a great double play. Roberto Osuna pitched the 9th to get his 3rd save of the year, allowing just a single and getting 3 strikeouts.
On offense? Well we did enough. We scored 2 in the first inning. Kevin Pillar and Josh Donaldson started things off with singles. Jose Bautista walked. A passed ball on a Steven Wright knuckleball got us our first run. Edwin Encarnacion hit into a force at second to bring home our second. There was a moment of worry that Bautista's slide into second would be ruled illegal, somehow, but it was textbook. He made the proper slide and the world didn't come to an end. We should have scored more that inning, but Troy Tulowitzki struck out and Michael Saunders had a fly out to end it.
In the 8th, Donaldson had a solo homer, his 4th on the season.
We had 7 hits and 4 walks in all. Donaldson and Goins had 2 hits each. Pillar, Encarnacion and Martin had the other hits. Bautista had 2 walks. Not reaching base were Tulowitzki (0 for 4, with a k) and Barney (0 for 3).
Jay of the Day: Estrada (.399 WPA). Honorable mention to Goins for the throw to the plate and Martin for that tag.
Suckage: Barney had a -.099, but then he started that very nice double play in the 8th.
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