That was more like it.
We had both good pitching and good hitting.
Trent Thornton went 6 innings, allowed just 3 hits, with no walks and 5 strikeouts. He was never in trouble. He came out of the game at 89 pitches, so maybe could have gone further, but then might as well take him out feeling good.
David Phelps gave up an opposite field home run in his inning, kind of a cheapy. Tim Mayza pitched a clean inning. Daniel Hudson gave up a single and a double but still put up a zero.
After scoring just one run in each of the first two games against the Orioles, today we got some hits.
We scored 2 in the first on a Lourdes Gurriel home run.
We got 1 him the fourth. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled, and scored on Danny Jansen’s ground rule double.
And 3 more in the sixth. Vlad singled, Justin Smoak walked. Rowdy Tellez doubled Vlad home. And Teoscar Hernandez singled both home.
We had 9 hits. Two each from Gurriel, Guerrero (who also had hit a hard line drive on which O’s third baseman Rio Ruiz made a nice leaping catch) and Jansen. Freddy Galvis hit a triple.
Eric Sogard, Cavan Biggio (with a walk) and Smoak (2 walks) had 0 fors.
Sogard is 0 for 8 in the past two games, dropping his average to .294. He made all the catches in right field.
Jays of the Day: Thornton (.302 WPA) and Gurriel (.136),
No Suckage Jays. Sogard had the low mark at -.049.
It is nice to end the first half with a win. Also nice for Thornton to go into the break with a good start. And Vlad had a couple of hits, so he can maybe relax a bit.
We had 256 comments in the GameThread. I led us to victory.