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Nice start from Biagini, but Jays lose

MLB: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers 3 Blue Jays 1

That one wasn’t as fun as the first two games. I’ve heard that 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, but I would have loved a sweep.

Joe Biagini gave us 6 good innings. He seemed to be pitching in bad luck, giving up a lot of soft-contact hits. He allowed 7 hits, 2 earned, 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. Only one of the hits was extra base hit, a laser beam home run by Joey Gallo, which just cleared the left field fence. It seemed like everything was hit just out of reach of a fielder.

Dominic Leone gave up a run in the 7th, off a single, a ground rule double and a wild pitch.

Jason Grilli pitched a nice quick 8th, getting two strikeouts and a ground out. It was nice seeing him come off the field raging like he did so many times last year.

J.P. Howell got through a scoreless 9th, despite a walk and a double. He was helped out by a great play by Russell Martin, quickly jumping on a ball that got away from him, and making a perfect throw to second, getting the runner trying to move up.

On offense, we seemed to be hitting the ball hard, but into gloves way too much. We had 7 hits (the only extra base hit was a Pillar double) and 2 walks.

We had 0 fors from Josh Donaldson, Kendrys Morales (he had a walk) and Troy Tulowitzki.

We made an effort in the 9th, getting 2-out singles from Smoak and Martin. Tulo got up 2-0, but ended up grounding out.

No Jays of the Day.

Suckage: Smoak (-.099), Donaldson (-.107) and Tulo (-.188).

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