Winning in the rain. We are winning in the rain. What a glorious feeling, I'm happy today.
J.A. Happ was terrific. He pitched 7 innings, and allowed just 2 hits, with 10 strikeouts. Considering he had two hits, a walk and two runs scored, it’s a pretty nice day. I thought Happ was benefitting from a fairly large strike zone, especially early in the game, when umpire Nic Lentz wanted to be sure to get through 5 innings.
Aaron Loup pitched the 8th and Danny Barnes the 9th (with the rain coming down hard again), finished it out...giving up a solo homer (with 2 outs and 2 strikes, ruining our shot at our first shutout of the season.
Mets’ starter Zach Wheeler started well, he gave up a 2-out, 2 strike home run to Justin Smoak in the first. Then he ran through 7 straight outs. In the bottom of the 3rd inning there was a long delay while the grounds crew tried to get the infield back into playable shape. Wheeler sat for over 30 minutes and when he got back to the mound, he wasn’t as sharp. We got 2 runs in the inning and the floodgate (not from the sky) opened. The Jays score:
- 2 in the fourth: Josh Donaldson took a lead off walk and Teoscar Hernandez hit his 7th home run.
- 3 in the fifth: We batted around. Happ led off with a walk. Curtis Granderson doubled, Donaldson singled home 1. Smoak doubled home 2. We loaded the bases, but didn’t score again.
- 3 in the sixth: Happ again led off, this time with a single. Granderson doubled again. Donaldson sac fly. Smoak walked. Hernandez singled home one. Kevin Pillar singled home our 7th run.
- 3 in the ninth: Luke Maile and Dwight Smith got on base and Richard Urena took them off the bases with his first homer of the year.
We had 15 hits. 3 of them home runs (Hernandez,Smoak and Urena). We got two hits each from Granderson, Smoak, Hernandez, Pillar, Maile and Happ. The only starters not to hit were Solarte and Urhela.
Kevin Pillar made a terrific catch, Michael Conforto hit a fly to near the wall in right center and Pillar caught it just before he hit the wall.
Jays of the Day: Happ (.229 WPA), Hernandez (.178) and Smoak (.102).
No Suckage Jays today.
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