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Today in Blue Jays History: The Coghlan Leap

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Three Years Ago

This was a weird game from the announcement of the starting lineup. Russell Martin was in the starting line as the third baseman (he hadn’t started a game at third since 2013). And then, in the 11th inning, noted pinch-hitter Marcus Stroman doubled and scored what turned out to be the winning run. Either of those things could have been the big story of the game, but there was this (watch the video, did he touch third?):

Which spawned a t-shirt:

From BreakingT

Hey, I would have bought a t-shirt of the Stroman double.

If you want the build up:

Tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Chris Coghlan walked to start the inning. Then Kevin Pillar hit a long fly ball to right field that bounced off of the wall. Coghlan, rounding third and heading for home, was clearly behind the throw. He was going to be out.

Jays of the Day: Kevin Pillar (.351 WPA, 1 for 5, but an important 1), Jose Bautista (.284, 2 for 6), Marcus Stroman (.117 as a batter, 1 for 1, double), Ryan Tepera (.202, 1 inning, save), Jason Grilli (.139, 1 clean inning, 3 k), Joe Smith (1 inning) and Marco Estrada (6 innings, 6 hits, 2 earned, 9 strikeouts).

Coghlan had a .042 WPA (he only had the one plate appearance, a walk), but he deserves the JoD because of the entertainment value, and importance, of the leap.

Steve Pearce had a .249 WPA but that was because of a Jedd Gyorko error which allowed Stroman to score the winning run.

Suckage: Roberto Osuna (-.298, blown save), Joe Biagini (-.282, also a blown save), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (-.127, 0 for 4, 2 k), and Kendrys Morales (-.125, 0 for 5).

Toronto Blue Jays Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA
Kevin Pillar CF 5 2 1 1 1 1 6
Ezequiel Carrera LF 4 1 1 1 0 1 4
Steve Pearce PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
Jose Bautista RF 6 1 2 1 0 2 6
Kendrys Morales 1B 5 0 0 1 0 0 5
Russell Martin 3B-C 4 0 1 0 0 1 5
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 4 0 0 0 0 2 4
Devon Travis 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Darwin Barney 2B-3B 5 0 2 0 0 1 5
Ryan Goins SS 4 0 2 0 1 1 5
Marco Estrada P 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
Chris Coghlan PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 1
Joe Biagini P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Smoak PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joe Smith P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roberto Osuna P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Grilli P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marcus Stroman PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 1
Ryan Tepera P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 44 6 10 4 3 12 48
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Generated 4/25/2020.
Joe Biagini, BS (2) 1 222021518 Joe Smith 1 200000411 Roberto Osuna, BS (2) 1 211000519 Jason Grilli, W (1-2) 1 000030319 Ryan Tepera, S (1) 1 100010419 Team Totals11 1355115145187
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Generated 4/25/2020.