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Thanks for the memories, Ortiz. Now, don’t come back - Jays lose 11-8

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Everything sucked... and then it didn’t... then it did, again... Jays lose the rubber match as well as ground on the 1st Place Red Sox.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
Jays starter Aaron Sanchez struggled to find the zone in this one resulting in just 3.2 IP and a Jays loss.
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Needing to win in order to pull even with the Boston Red Sox (79-62) at the top of the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays (78-63) entered perhaps their first true "Must Win" of the season.

The Blue Jays sent Ace Aaron Sanchez (13-2 with a 2.92 ERA) to the mound making his 26th start of the season. He entered the game at 169.1 innings pitched, for anyone still keeping track.

For the Red Sox, Clay Buchholz (6-10 with a 4.99 ERA).

Now, I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to mention that today is September 11th, 2016. The 15th Anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks which caused the deaths of 2,996 people and more than 6.000 injuries. It was and remains the deadliest act of terrorism in world history and the most devastating attack on American soil since Pearl Harbour.

Now, back to the game action.

(BOXSCORE for Mobile)

The scoring started early when, in the 1st inning, David Ortiz worked a walk and was on 1st when Mookie Betts drove a ball to centre. Kevin Pillar misjudged the ball allowing it to go over his head and Ortiz... Yes, THAT Ortiz... scored from 1st. Should also be noted Ryan Goins' relay throw was not good and took Russell Martin way up the 3rd base line.

1-0 Red Sox

But, thankfully, we have Edwin Encarnacion and he's a good pet owner. Took his parrot for a walk nice and early driving his 38th HR of the season over the left field wall to tie the game up at 1.

1-1 Ball Game

Sanchez's struggles continued in the 2nd giving up walks to Brock Holt and Sandy Leon before Jackie Bradley Jr. took Sanchez deep to give the Sox another lead.

4-1 Red Sox

In the bottom half of the 3rd the Jays began their journey back to the lead. Walks to Donaldson and Bautista (with EE singling between them) loaded the bases for Russell Martin who worked a walk, himself. Then, with the bases still loaded, Troy Tulowitzki crushed a ball over the left field wall for a Grand Slam!

6-4 Blue Jays

In the 4th a single by Bradley Jr, a double by Dustin Pedroia, and a single by Xander Bogaerts tied the game and Aaron was removed from the game by manager John Gibbons.

He wasn't crisp, he was all over the place, and he was (apparently) dealing with some sort of blister issue, all culminating in an early exit for the young Ace. Brett Cecil came on in relief.

Sanchez's final line: 3.2 IP, 6 ER on 5 H, 2 K and 4 BB.
Buchholz's final line: 3 IP, 6 ER on 4 H, 3 K and 4 BB.

Both will get a no-decision.

6-6 Ball Game

And then Edwin, realizing that the game is over an hour and a half in, decided to take his pet parrot for another walk. But, only after he absolutely demolished a ball into the facing of the 3rd deck in left field giving the Jays another 2-run lead (Josh Donaldson was on with a walk).

8-6 Blue Jays

With Joe Biagini now in the game Hanley Ramirez launched one to centre to bring the game within one. After two outs, a walk, and a hit batter, Biagini was pulled for Aaron Loup. He was bailed out of the inning when Brock Holt tried to steal home, only to be thrown out by Loup!

8-7 Blue Jays

The 6th inning didn't go as well for the Jays. Following singles by Pedroia and Bogaerts, David Ortiz hammered a ball to right to give the Sox the lead. Again.

10-8 Red Sox

The Sox added an insurance run in the 7th on an RBI double by Sandy Leon scoring Brock Holt.

11-8 Red Sox

And then... nothing. Well, they threatened in the 9th with a runner on and what appeared to be a hit by Martin, but was ruled foul after further review. The play was a bit of a mess as it was called fair to start, then overturned to be foul, and then the overturned call was upheld on replay based on not being enough evidence to overturn. If you think that seems weird, that’s because it is. If you think the Jays got screwed, well... I didn’t say that, I think you did.

Craig Kimbrel closed out the game from there and that’s all there is.

Boston Red Sox 11 - 8 Toronto Blue Jays

Aaron Loup (.107) gets one on principle for being the only pitcher that had the number. And I’m giving one to Tulo (.383) for the grand slam and Edwin for his two HR’s (.398).

Sanchez (-.494), Benoit (-.347), Biagini (-.115), Travis (-.153), and Pillar (-108). Honourable mention to Goins. 3 K’s and a bad throw on the relay in the 1st.

Source: FanGraphs