The Jays completed their 3rd sweep of the season.
Does it surprise you as much as it does me that we would be 36 games into the season today if....
We had 8 hits, 3 of them home runs on the day.
After a slow start to the season, Teoscar Hernandez seems to be turning things around. He hit two home runs today, making it two games in a row for that feat for Teoscar. With 6 RBI today, he’s had 10 in the past two games, bringing him up to 27 on the season. He’s jumped from 6th to 3rd on the team in RBI in two games.
Randal Grichuk had the other homer, a solo shot. Travis Shaw had 2 singles and a walk. That’s 3 games in a row without a home run for Travis, which is the third time that’s he’s gone 3 or more games without a home run. But 15 in 36 games is a pretty decent start.
Bo Bichette, Derek Fisher and Lourdes Gurriel each had a hit.
Nate Pearson had another good start. He went 5 innings, allowed 5 hits, 2 earned, 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. His ERA is now 3.00.
The 2 runs against came in the third inning, he gave up a Chance Sisco home run, which gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead.
We got 1 back in the fourth on Grichuk’s home run.
And then blew it open with 5 in the sixth:
- Bichette flied out.
- Fisher singled.
- Vladimir Guerrero walked.
- Grichuk hit a fly out to right.
- Shaw singled, tying the game.
- Gurriel doubled putting us up by a run.
- Hernandez hit his first home run of the game, putting us up 6-2.
And we got 3 more in the eighth. Shaw and Gurriel walked and Hernandez hit his second home run, making it 9-2.
Unfortunately the runs scored after Pearson left the game, so he didn’t get the win. Anthony Bass threw 1.1 perfect, getting his 3rd win. Jordan Romano finished it off with 2.2 perfect, getting 5 strikeouts on the way.
Of interest, from the Orioles side Chris Davis pinch-hit striking out. Davis has played in 8 games, making 5 starts. In 21 PA his doesn’t have a hit yet, 1 walk and 15! strikeouts. He’s being paid $23 million, which is a fair bit for a pinch hitter. He has 2 more years on the contract.
The 3 home runs gives us 70 on the season, which puts us at the top of the AL for home runs.
Let’s give JoDs to Hernandez, Bass and Romano.
The Jays are now 23-13 now, with a 3 game lead over the Red Sox. Nice to have a bit of space between us and the pack.
Tomorrow is an off-day. I’ll post the minor league stats tomorrow. After that the Jays head out west for 3 games against the A’s, 3 games against the Rangers and 4 games against the White Sox. Then they have 7 games at home before their next off-day.