Marco Estrada turned in a quality start, allowing just two runs on four hits. Both runs came via single home runs, a problem that continues to plague the Jays starter. Otherwise, the Orioles were continually off-balance at the plate, fooled by a mix of his cutter and change up. Estrada struck out nine batters, all of which were swinging strike outs.
Alex Cobb, the big free agent acquisition by Baltimore fared significantly less well. Cobb gave up 9 earned runs and 11 hits in just 3.2 innings of work. During the fourth, Cobb barely got out of the way of two hard hit balls over the mound, a frightening reminder of the Eric Hosmer line drive that struck Cobb in the head in 2013.
Curtis Granderson led the offensive explosion, going 4-4 with a walk. He opened up the scoring for the Jays with a two run double in the second, a three run home run in the fourth and an RBI double in the fifth for 6 RBIs in total.
Cobb was in trouble from the start, walking Granderson and giving up a hit to Solarte before navigating his way out. In the top of the second, Trey Mancini lofted a home run to left to give them the brief lead. But in the bottom of the second, a bloop double by Granderson brought home Randal Grichuk and Gio Urshela. Kendrys Morales added a home run to left in the third to put the Jays up 3-1.
The game was blown open in the fourth as the Jays sent 10 batters to the plate on route to scoring six runs. In addition to Granderson’s three run shot, Pillar scored two with a single to left and was later driven home by Grichuk. The Jays continued to hammer Baltimore’s pitching in the fifth, as Granderson struck again with an RBI double, and Teoscar Hernandez and Pillar both went deep.
Jonathan Scoop chased Estrada in the seventh, golfing a low pitch just over the left field wall. Pitching in relief, Joe Biagini loaded the bases, but got out surrendering just a single run.
Jays of the Day: Granderson (.371), Estrada (.120)
Suckage: Hernandez (-.065) but considering he hit a two run home run, I think we can give him a pass.
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