Man, I don't know if the Jays needed that, but I needed it.
Marco Estrada ended the streak of terrible starts. He was terrific. If it wasn't for Jimmy Paredes playing second, he would have allowed just the one run. Marco went 8 innings, allowed just 3 hits (all singles) and 1 walk with 9 strikeouts. He allow 1 earned run and 1 unearned, because of the rather sad Paredes error at second base. Paredes doesn't even
Once again, even with the new lineup, we didn't do much for offense. Until Edwin Encarnacion connected with a massive 2-run homer (it was out of the park in no time) I thought we were going to be shut out. I was making my plans to find a bar to forget about offensive problems.
We almost had more runs. With two out in the 9th, Troy Tulowitzki hit one hard and deep to center field, I was sure it was going to score Michael Saunders, who had doubled before him, but Danny Santana made an amazing running catch.
But Tulo made his own amazing play in the bottom of the 9th.
In the top of the 10, Paredes (maybe making up for his error) lead things off with a double. He moved to 3rd on a Russell Martin ground out (good long at bat for Martin). But then Kevin Pillar ground out, with the drawn in infield. And then Bautista hit a ground ball that I thought was going to make it through, but a very nice play by Eduardo Nunez and a good enough 1-hope throw, got the Twins out of the inning.
Edwin singled in the 11th, with 1 out. Then Smoak singled. And, thankfully Tulowitzki singled, bringing home pinch runner Ezequiel Carrera. I've never cheered a single so loud.
Roberto Osuna did a great job in relief, keeping the Twins off the bases in the 9th and 10th.
Joe Biagini, our Rule 5 pick up, came in in the bottom of the 11th, looking for the save. He got the first out. Then Ryan Goins made an error at 2nd on a Danny Santana ground ball. But, Biagini did a nice job when Santana tried to steal second before Joe threw to the play. Biagini turn and threw to second for the easy out. Then he got Bryan Dozier to strike out to end the game and get his first career save. I get the feeling it won't be his last.
As leadoff hitter, Jose Bautista started the game off with a hard hit single and he took a walk. He had 2 other hard hit balls. Josh Donaldson is worrying me. He was 0 for 3 with a walk. Edwin had a great day, going 3 for 5 with the home run.
Fangraphs is broken, so let's give JoD's to Tulo, Edwin, Marco, Roberto. Whoops, missed Biagini...he gets one too.
Suckage? Sorry Josh, even with that great catch in the 11th, you get one for the 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts (and a walk) and Pillar for an 0 for 4 with a k and a failure to drive home the run from third with 1 out in the 10th. And I think I'll give Goins one for that error in the 11th.
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