Sunday, August 23, 2015

Indications that Blue Jays run scoring slump may be easing:

Jays Phoenix over immolating Angels

Toronto Blue Jays were the Dark Angels of mercilessness for the faithful at Angels Stadium tonight, scoring 15 runs on 20 hits. Only 2 home runs (plating 5 runs) as this 9-cyclindar offense catches fire.

Toronto starting pitcher Marco Estrada (W, 11-7) threw an excellent five and two thirds innings relinquishing 2 solo home runs late as he challenged the Angels hitters with a 10 run lead. Brett Cecil worked out of a jam caused by a Donaldson throwing error in the 6th - with one pitch. Then the team of Hawkins, Hendriks and Schultz held the Angels down for good, giving up just 1 hit over three innings stellar relief.

Felt guilty at the end.

(Not one of my worst quadruple-mixed metaphors).




Image re-purposed from screen capture of the game's scoring summary at espn boxscore: http://espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=350822103



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Friday, August 14, 2015

Yankees end Jays streak in 9-inning nail-bitter

Yanks at Jays - Friday, August 14, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Top-3 - Jays ask for a review after a close play at first on a tough hit ball to 3B by the Yankees nine hitter Brendan Ryan. Jays loose their review privileges as MLB review umps rule Ryan is safe for the visitors 3rd hit of this scoreless game here in the 3rd.

This can't continue much longer. But it does ... Price strikes out the Yankees four hitter Teixeira with 2 on to end the Top of the 3rd.

Top-6 - Chris Young's slow bounder off Price up the middle - Goins bare-hands it and in one motion throws for the 3rd out of the 6th ... another zero. This can't go on.

Bot-9 - Troy Tulowitzki at bat against Yankee closer Andrew Miller with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 out down 4 runs to 3: Strike (looking), Ball, Strike (foul), Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike (swinging).

This loss will have no effect on the team as they battled the evil empire right to the last out. Great streak.

Yankees lead the AL East by 1/2 a game.

The Jays bats have been struggling over the last 4 games - see if they can turn that around tomorrow; game 2 of 3 (1:07 start).


Boxscore
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 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
 -
 R
 H
 E
 LOB
New York Yankees
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 4
 0
 -
 4
13
 0
    8
Toronto Blue Jays
 0
 0
 3
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 -
 3
 6
 
    7


Scoring:

Bot-3 - Tulowitzki grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, Pillar scored. (1-1)
Bot-3 - Bautista doubled to left, Tulowitzki scored. (1-2)
Bot-3 - Encarnación hit sacrifice fly to center, Donaldson scored. (1-3)
Top-8 - Headley hit a ground rule double to center, Teixeira scored. (1-1)
Top-8 - Beltrán homered to right center, McCann and Headley scored. (3-4)


Score Card Line-ups:

New York Yankees

J Ellsbury CF
B Gardner LF
A Rodriguez DH
M Teixeira 1B
B McCann C
C Headley 3B
C Young RF
  (Top-8) Beltrán PH-RF
D Gregorius SS
B Ryan 2B

I Nova P (W, 5-4) 7.0 IP
D Betances P (H, 19) 1.0 IP
A Miller P (S, 26) 1.0 IP


Toronto Blue Jays

T Tulowitzki SS
J Donaldson 3B
J Bautista RF
E Encarnación DH
J Smoak 1B
R Martin C
R Goins 2B
  (Bot-9) C Colabello PH
    (Bot-9) C Pennington PR
K Pillar CF
B Revere LF

D Price P 7.1 IP
A Sanchez P (L, 6-5; B, 1) 0.2 IP
B Cecil P 1.0 IP




Stats via espn: http://espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=350814114



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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Blue Jays win 11th in a row - sweep third consecutive series

A's at Jays - Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Nothing much to say about this game except that the expected god-like performance of the batting order and the pitching staff unfolded just as the universe apparently intended.

One note of interest: the line-up did not include Troy Tulowitzki at short stop and leading off - but instead the nine hitter, Ben Revere (LF), usually in the nine spot (to turn the line-up over) moved to lead-off; and the Jays most recent acquisition, Cliff Pennington (2B) took the turn-the-line-up-over spot in his second game for the Jays as Tulowitzki had a get-away-day off with Ryan Goins moving from second base over to short stop. That change seemed to have no effect on the team as the Jays go on to win their 11th in a row - the second time this season they have accomplished that feat (June 2-14).

Tomorrow evening it's the just passed for 1st place in the AL East, New York Yankees - in town for three. Interesting to note the NY bloggers are lamenting the Yankees lost offense this week, after the Jays held them to 1 run over 28 innings last weekend.


Usually the Yankees break out of slumps against the Jays at home - it will be interesting to see if that pattern holds this weekend - as it would appear this year is not like any other in recent baseball history for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Boxscore
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 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
 -
 R
 H
 E
 LOB
Oakland Athletics
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 2
 0
 -
 2
 8
 0
    6
Toronto Blue Jays
 0
 4
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 x
 -
 4
 6
 
    1


Scoring:

Bot-2 - Pillar singled to right, Navarro scored. (1-1)
Bot-2 - Goins homered to right, Smoak and Pillar scored. (3-4)
Top-8 - Burns tripled to right center, Semien scored. (1-1)
Top-8 - Canha grounded out to second, Burns scored. (1-2)

Score Card Line-ups:

Oakland Athletics

B Burns CF
M Canha 1B
B Lawrie 2B
D Valencia 3B
J Phegley C
  (Top-9) S Vogt PH
B Butler DH
J Reddick RF
C Crisp LF
M Semien SS

J Chavez P (L, 6-12) - 6.0 IP
Pomeranz P - 1.2 IP
Rodriguez P - 0.1 IP


Toronto Blue Jays

B Revere LF
J Donaldson 3B
J Bautista RF
C Colabello DH
D Navarro C
J Smoak 1B
K Pillar CF
R Goins SS
C Pennington 2B

Buehrle P (W, 13-5) - 7.0 IP
Sanchez P (H, 6) - 1.0 IP
Osuna P (S, 12) - 1.0 IP


Stats via espn: espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=350813114



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I Rue the day the Blue Jays lose 2 in a row


It started last week, on Friday, August 7th - the day after the Jays swept the Minnesota Twins - on the FAN590 Toronto Radio, on their flagship show, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown --- for a full 2 hours before the away game against New York Yankees the round table talked baseball.  Since then, the attention paid to this team on local media has gone from a space filler between talking about the National Hockey League Toronto Maple Leafs - to *THE* topic of discussion.

The fanatical shift turned up another notch last night as the Jays won and the Yankees lost; which saw the Jays vault into first place in the AL East: I hear Mike Wilner, the Jays' 5th inning play-by-play announcer and post game call in show host, say - this team might be a better than the 1992 World Series team.

After the post game phone-in on "Sportsnet Overnight", I hear announcer Mike Oz say this team might not loose another 10 games this year' (with 47 games to go, 9 loses a .801 winning percentage!).

So from a baseball fan living in a market that can't talk baseball for more than 1 minute before trying to make a allusion to Maple Leafs hockey - now once again, after 21 years of waiting - I live in a baseball town.

But don't be fooled (again), this is not a baseball town - this is a city of fans of winning home teams.

If the Jays loose 2 games in a row it is likely that Jays' General Manager Alex Anthopoulos will be run out of town by a torch and pitchfork wielding mob of insane former Blue Jays fans.



References:

Podcast | Prime Time Sports - August 7 - The Friday Roundtable - 5pm: http://pmd.fan590.com/podcasts/pts/pt_20150807_175553--Prime-Time-Sports---August-7---5pm.mp3
Podcast | Prime Time Sports - August 7 - The Friday Roundtable - 6pm: http://pmd.fan590.com/podcasts/pts/pt_20150807_185523--Prime-Time-Sports---August-7---6pm.mp3

FAN590 Toronto / Prime Time Sports / Recent Podcasts | http://www.sportsnet.ca/590/prime-time-sports/

Mike Oz Retweet announcing his Wednesday, August 12, 2015 "Sportnet Overnight" gig (real time widgets at the website disappear history):



Tweet URL: https://twitter.com/JeffSammut590/status/631675367393206272




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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The sun continues to shine brightly upon streaking Blue Jays

A's at Jays - Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 7:07 pm

Felt sure that with Aaron Loup coming in on long rest the Oaklands would score at least one in the 9th.

Top-9 - with Josh Phegley (PH) in scoring position, Mark Canha (3 for 3 at the time) flies out to deep right-centre, which as good as seals the glorious revolution. Aaron Loup strikes out Eric Sogard and it's done.

It's the Jays' 10th win in a row - and with another NYY loss - day one of 1st place in the AL East; the fact announced to the cheering faithful at the dome about 10 minutes after this 3-10 Blue Jays victory.

The sun continues to shine brightly upon the Toronto Blue Jays.

Boxscore
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 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
 -
 R
 H
 E
 LOB
Oakland Athletics
 0
 2
 0
 1
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 -
 3
 9
 0
    5
Toronto Blue Jays
 3
 7
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 x
 -
10
 11
 
    4


Scoring:

Bot-1 - Colabello homered to left, Tulowitzki and Donaldson scored. (3-3)
Top-2 - Valencia homered to left center. (1-1)
Top-2 - Sogard grounded out to second, Butler scored. (1-2)
Bot-2 - Donaldson singled to right, Goins and Revere scored. (2-5)
Bot-2 - Colabello singled to right, Donaldson scored. (1-6)
Bot-2 - Martin singles to centre, Bautista scored. (1-7)
Bot-2 - Smoak homered to center, Colabello and Martin scored. (3-10)
Top-4 - Canha doubled to left, Valencia scored. (1-3)


Score Card Line-ups:

Oakland Athletics

B Burns CF
B Lawrie 2B
J Reddick RF
D Valencia 3B
S Vogt C
  (Top-9) J Phegley PH
B Butler DH
M Canha 1B
E Sogard SS
S Fuld LF

A Brooks P - 1.2 IP (L, 1-1)
F Doubront - 6.1 IP



Toronto Blue Jays

T Tulowitzki SS
J Donaldson 3B
J Bautista RF
C Colabello DH
R Martin C
J Smoak 1B
K Pillar C
R Goins 2B
B Revere LF

R A Dickey P - 6.0 IP (W, 7-10)
B Schultz P - 1.0 IP
L Hendriks P - 1.0 IP
A Loup P - 1.0 IP



Stats via espn: http://espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=350812114



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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Blue Jays Sweep Yankees - allow 1 run; score 9 of 10 via HRs over 3 games - 1.5 back for AL East lead

Jays at Yanks - Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Top-1 - Donaldson hits a solo home run to right center.
Top-4 - Bautista hits a solo home run to left.
Pitching, Pitching, Pitching - Jays give up 1R to NYY while scoring 10R themselves over the weekend series.
Next: At home to Oakland A's on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:07 pm.

Boxscore
 1
 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
 -
 R
 H
 E
 LOB
Toronto Blue Jays
 1
 0
 0
 1
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 -
 2
 5
 0
     6
New York Yankees
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 -
 0
 
 
     7

Toronto Blue Jays

T Tulowitzki SS
J Donaldson 3B
J Bautista RF
D Navarro C
C Colabello DH
J Smoak 1B
R Goins 2B
  Top-7 C Pennington PH-2B
K Pillar CF
B Revere LF

Pitchers          IP    H   R   ER   BB   SO   HR   PC-ST     ERA
Estrada(W, 10-6)  6.1   3   0   0    3    6    0    89-56     3.21
Hawkins(H, 2)     0.2   0   0   0    0    1    0    9-8       0.00
Sanchez(H, 4)     1.0   0   0   0    1    1    0    14-6      3.30
Osuna(S, 10)      1.0   0   0   0    0    1    0    11-9      2.13



New York Yankees

J Ellsbury CF
B Gardner LF
A Rodriguez DH
M Teixeira 1B
B McCann C
C Beltran RF
C Headley 3B
D Gregorius SS
S Drew 2B

Pitchers         IP     H   R   ER   BB   SO   HR   PC-ST    ERA
Tanaka(L,  8-5)  6.0    3   2   2    0    5    2    80-51    3.79
Warren           0.0    1   0   0    1    0    0    17-8     3.38
Wilson           1.1    0   0   0    0    2    0    13-10    2.43
Pinder           0.1    1   0   0    1    1    0    18-9     2.81
Shreve           1.1    0   0   0    1    2    0    25-13    2.06

Stats via espn: http://espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=350809110



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MLB Standings Saturday, August 8, 2015 - First Division Teams Delineated


Saturday, August 8, 2015 - MLB first division teams delineated on the basis of 60 wins; with the exception of the Kansas City Royals at 65 wins, and the St. Louis Cardinals, at 71 wins.


Images via active espn web page, on Sunday, August 9, 2015, 01:40 am - http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings



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