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Blue Jays get a terrific start from J.A. Happ, beat Giants

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Gotta love a pitcher who smiles as he pitches.
Gotta love a pitcher who smiles as he pitches.
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Blue Jays 4 Giants 0

J.A. Happ came within a strike (or really a caught foul tip) from throwing a complete game shutout. He was pretty amazing. In 8.2 innings he allowed just 6 hits and 3 walks, with 5 strikeouts. 1 hit and 1 walk came after he get the second out of the 9th inning. He was in command all night.

After he gave up his second base runner, with two outs in the 9th, Gibby pulled him to bring in Roberto Osuna. Happ was tiring and was up to 111 pitches. I really was cheering for him to get the complete game, but he had to come put at that point. Osuna walked a batter, to bring the tying run to the plate, but then got Jarrett Parker to strikeout to end the game. I thought that Russell Martin did a great job getting Osuna back into the strike zone after he was having trouble locating the fastball during his 8 pitch walk to Matt Duffy.

On offense we did just enough. Most of our offense came from Troy Tulowitzki,who had a home run, a sac fly and a RBI double.

Michael Saunders also had a great night going 3 for 4,with a triple.

Other than those two, Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, Ryan Goins and J.A. Happ (who says pitchers can't hit?) had a hit each.

Of course, Tulo also made a bad error, in the 8th inning, forcing Happ to do an amazing job, pitching out of a first and third, 1-out jam,without allowing a run score.

Jays of the Day are Happ (.497 WPA) and Tulo (.181, despite the stupid error).

No Suckage Jays. Edwin (-.075 on an 0 for 4, 3 k) and Pillar (.072, 0 for 4) had the low marks.

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