We didn’t get the Jose Bautista grand slam, but we did get an RBI single (bringing Jose up to 400 RBI at Rogers Centre, a fair bit short of Carlos Delgado’s 535). He also had another single and a walk, for a good day. A nice way for him to say goodbye to Roger Centre fans, and they did a nice job of saying goodbye to him.
I couldn’t watch him come off the field, with 1 out in the 9th and not have tears. I haven’t cheered for a team without Jose in a long time, and I’m not sure I know how.
Thanks for everything Jose. I really don’t want to know what the last several years of Blue Jays baseball would have been like without you.
Beyond that....who really cares?
We did have 11 hits, 5 walks and 9 runs. The only Jay without a hit was Darwin Barney (and he had a sac fly).
Potential right fielder of the future, Teoscar Hernandez started off the game with a home run (our only homer of the game).
Russell Martin had a 3-run double.
Josh Donaldson (1), Bautista (1) and Kendrys Morales (2) all drove in runs in our 4 run 4th inning.
Marcus Stroman started out strong, putting up zeros in the first 3 innings. He gave up a run in the 4th, put up another zero in the 5th. Then he ran into trouble in the 6 inning, giving up an Aaron Judge leadoff homer and then a 2-out double and walk and he was out of the game.
Matt Dermody gave up another double to plate both inherited runners. Ryan Tepera replaced Dermody and finally got us out of the inning.
Stroman would finish with 5 hits and 4 walks allowed, with 3 earned runs, and 2 strikeouts, in 5.2 innings. Not bad for a hot and humid September day.
Tepera would give up a singles and the second Aaron Judge homer of the afternoon, while getting just 1 out in the 7th.
Aaron Loup got the last 2 outs of the inning.
Tom Koehler pitched a scoreless 8th and Roberto Osuna struck out the side in the 9th.
Jays of the Day: Jose. And Stroman (.147 WPA), Hernandez (.100) and Martin (.115, 2 for 4 with 3 RBI).
No one gets the suckage number.
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