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Blue Jays walkoff the Orioles in 3-2 win!

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Orioles 2 Blue Jays 3

Another night, another one run win over Baltimore to push them further out of the fringes of contention. In the end, the Blue Jays overcame a litany of missed opportunities that were poised to send them to defeat.

Joe Biagini spun an absolute gem over the first six innings, allowing just three singles that he scattered while needing only about 60 pitches. He only struck out one (Chris Davis), but piled up 12 ground balls and a couple of popouts in a dominant showing of contact management.

Unfortunately, he could not hold the Orioles totally in check, and the tenuous 1-0 lead to which Unique Joe had been staked did not hold. In the 7th, Trey Mancini hit a one out double, and an out later Mark Trumbo singled him in. Tim Beckham got him for a solo shot in the 8th, and just like that Biagini was on the hook for L despite a very good outing.

The Jays got their lone run to that point in the 3rd, as Luke Maile singled leading off and was still there after a couple of flyouts on the verge of being stranded. Justin Smoak negated that with a double to being him around.

That aside, the Jays missed a ton of opportunities to put runs on the board:

  • Richard Urena led off the first with a single but advanced no further
  • Kendrys Morales led off the second with a double, advanced to third on a groundout, but a pair of strikeouts left him there
  • Throughout the first five innings the Jays hit about 50 million fly balls off Dylan Bundy that died on the warning track
  • Josh Donaldson hit a single leading off the 6th and Smoak walked behind him. They advanced no further.
  • Urena led off the 8th with a ball slicing down the left field line, and was thrown out trying to take second. Doubly painful considering Donaldson walked and Smoak singled right behind him. They advanced no further.

Biagini's night was done after eight innings, and Tom Koehler got the first two outs quickly in the 9th before, it being September, Gibby had to go to go back to the bullpen. Tim Mayza struck out Chris Davis.

So they went to the 9th, down a run against Zach Britton, bottom of the order, things looking bleak. But things didn't go to form, starting with a Kevin Pillar of all people drawing a walk. He went first to third on a single by Teoscar Hernandez to put the tying run on third base with none out. Surely the Jays couldn't mess this up?

It almost looked like they would, as pinch hitter Darwin Barney bounced out, freezing Pillar at third and keeping the double play in order. But Maile and Urena had different ideas, the former with an infield single to plate the tying run; the latter with a hard single up the middle to plate Barney running from second, as he managed to slide astutely into home just ahead of the throw.

Blue Jays win!


Source: FanGraphs

Jays of the Day: Maile (+0.249 WPA), Smoak (0.239), Urena (0.212), Biagini (+0.079 but only that low due to sequencing)

Suckage: Bautista (-0.220), Morales (-0.122). Both had brutal nights at bad times. Barney (-0.201) had the number for the out in the 9th but that seems a little much, and he scored the winning run.

Tomorrow, the Jays will look to complete the sweep with Marcus Stroman on the mound against Kevin Gausman at the usual 7:05 EDT start time.