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Great start from Happ and lots of offense, Jays beat Indians

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Indians 1 Blue Jays 17

With all the offense, it would be easy to miss the great start that J.A. Happ had. He was in control all game long. He wasn't doing the "work to a full count on each batter" thing that drives me crazy. In fact, in the third inning, he struck out the side on 12 pitches. He had 4 clean innings, out of his 7 complete. Happ ran into a little trouble in the 7th, giving up 3 consecutive 2-out singles,and his 1 run of the game.

In total, Happ went 7 innings, allowed 5 hits, no walks, with 11 strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches, 65 strikes.

On offense, well we had 17 runs, 18 hits, 10 walks. We had two 3-run homers, one from Russell Martin in the first inning and the other from Troy Tulowitzki, in the sixth inning. And a 2-run homer by Justin Smoak (off Indians catcher Chris Gimenez, who gave up 4 runs in 2 innings of work. Our non-pitchers pitch much better than their non-pitchers).

Of note:

  • Josh Donaldson was 4 for 4 with 2 walks, scoring 4 times.
  • Tulo was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI.
  • Martin was 3 for 4, with 2 walks and 5 RBI.
  • Edwin Encarnacion was 2 for 5, with 3 RBI, one a popup where the Indians' shortstop slipped, after the catch, allowing Ezequiel Carrera to score on the 'sac fly'.
  • Carrera was 1 for 3 with 2 walks.
The only Jay not to get a hit was Junior Lake, and he took 2 walks. Smoak was 0 for 5, with 2 strikeouts, before facing Gimenez in the 8th inning. You can't win, when facing a position player: If Smoak made and out, everyone would complain (other than me, I was tired of making edits to the recap), but when he homers play say 'he can only hit non-pitchers'.

Jays of the Day: Happ (.223 WPA), Martin (.226) and I'm giving one to Tulo (.039) and Josh  (.071) because they had great games.

No Suckage Jays. Edwni had the low mark at -.075, mostly due to a strikeout with the bases loaded early in the game.

Jays split the series with the Indians, after losing the first two games.

We had 1347 comments in the GameThread (including complaints that Pillar was sitting out, I'm hoping that we can get past whining over giving a guy a day off after this), DangYouHeck led us to an easy victory.

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