Toronto was 2-5 in their 10-game homestand before Baltimore came to town. The Blue Jays earned their first sweep in a series that involved a lot of offense, and some theatrics.
It wasn’t the 13 runs the Blue Jays scored against the Orioles that made headlines in game one, nor was it Mark Buehrle grabbing his third win on the season to push his record to 3-0.
Now, this isn’t the first time somebody has thrown behind Bautista this season. On April 12, O’s reliever Darren O’Day did the same thing. Bautista promptly hit the ball out of the park in the same at-bat.
Game one was no different.
After a long stare down from Jose, Garcia left one over the plate two pitches later, and Bautista launched it over the left field wall. The O’s took exception as Bautista slowly rounded the bags after a healthy bat flip, prompting a war of words with outfielder Adam Jones the next time the Blue Jays took the field. The lesson is simple: don’t make number 19 angry.
After the game, Bautista had some choice words for the Orioles and their manager, Buck Showalter. Via Sportsnet.
Tell us how you really feel.
It is an exciting part of the game. Pitcher throws behind batter, batter ends up taking pitcher deep. Bautista has a right to enjoy it, its the type of competitive player he is, it’s in his DNA. Was he wrong to show up the O’s like that? Leave a comment for me!
Showalter also spoke towards the emotional aspect of the Bautista home run. Via MASN.
Toronto won the game 13-6, giving Buehrle ten-plus runs of support for the third time this season. Overall, the left-hander has had 37 runs behind him.
Bautista had to sit out games two and three of the series after aggravating his shoulder trying to throw out Delmon Young at first in the midst of the drama.
The Blue Jays didn’t need him anyway.
Turning heads (again) in game two was none other than Devon Travis, who has found his power stroke in the early part of the season. After going 3-for-4 with the go-ahead two-run home run in part two of the series, Travis pushed his average to .388 with four HR and 14 RBI. Pretty impressive for a rookie who never had an at-bat in the big leagues going into the 2015 campaign. The Blue Jays sure are happy with their second baseman, who continues to contribute on a nightly basis. Toronto has had 12 different players take reps at second base since Aaron Hill was traded; to see Devon Travis exceeding in that position must be a comforting feeling.
Justin Smoak also hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the fourth, helping Toronto to a 4-2 win.
Aaron Sanchez got his first win of 2015, but it wasn’t pretty. The young fire-baller only went 5.1 innings while walking seven. Starters going deep into a ball game have been tough to come by for the Blue Jays in the first 15 games. Drew Hutchison looked to change that in the finale of the series.
The 24-year-old went a full eight innings, striking out seven while allowing two earned runs in game three. That was good enough for the longest Blue Jays’ starting outing of the season so far. Not only did the defense do its job, but the bats stayed alive.
Travis got the scoring started with a fielder’s choice that plated Valencia in the bottom of the third. The young second baseman finished 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Donaldson kept the offense going when he belted a 1-0 change-up 387 feet to left. Kevin Pillar got his fourth hit of the series (finished with five) via a double to left, driving in a pair. Russell Martin would cap off the scoring for Toronto in the bottom of the fifth with a double that scored one.
Blue Jays would go on to win 7-6 after Castro gave up a three-run home run in the ninth, pushing their record to 9-7, good enough for a three-way tie for first in the east with Boston and New York.
Toronto now has to gear themselves up for a long, ten-game road trip starting in Tampa Bay tomorrow. R.A. Dickey will take on Drew Smyly, who gets his first start since coming off the DL, in game one.
- Dalton Pompey came into the series with an AVG of .188, but he moved it up to .237 with five hits in the three games.
- Bautista told reporters yesterday that he has a chance to miss a stint on the DL, and there are rumors that he could serve as Toronto’s DH while he recovers. In an interview with Sportsnet, Bautista spoke about his injury. “I have to see how it feels tomorrow. I can’t jump ahead and say I’ll be ready to hit in two days. … My shoulder is sore right now, that’s all I can say.”
- Four Blue Jays finished with four or more hits in the series. (Pompey, Donaldson, Pillar, Travis)
- Toronto scored 24 runs in the three-game series.