Jays Bats Come Alive in Series Finale Against Texas

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The Toronto Blue Jays would say goodbye to the Texas Rangers Thursday evening, hoping to send them off with a loss. After winning the previous two games with back-to-back walk-off wins, the Jays would look to keep rolling, with the hopes of having more of an offensive attack.

After Prince Fielder would score Adrian Beltre to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Blue Jays would respond, and in a heavy way. With a pair of singles and a double from Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto fans would see Toronto get five runs cross the plate. Kevin Pillar would see the plate twice in the first, as Derek Holland would face off against every batter in the line-up.

In the bottom of the third, there would be more runs scored, once again in Toronto’s favour. Pillar would start back up at the dish, hitting a two run double making it a

7-1 lead for the hometown club. After Jose Bautista would ground into a force-out, scoring Ezequiel Carrera, Encarnacion would be back up to the plate. He would decide to take his parrot for a run, homering a three run shot to left field, making it an 11-1 lead.

Things would remain quiet until the Jays added an extra one in the eighth, as Justin Smoak would hit in Josh Donaldson. Ryan Tepera would come in to pitch to close out the game in the ninth, The Rangers would get a run in, scoring Mitch Moreland, but would not be able to power through. The Jays would send the Rangers out of Toronto, winning the series on a much-needed offensive night. J.A. Happ would pick up his fourth win of the season. Holland would lose his second game of the season.

Friday evening, the Blue Jays will welcome in the L.A. Dodgers in a three game set. Marcus Stroman will be sent to the hill, as he will search for his fifth win to keep his undefeated season going. The Dodgers will send Kenta Maeda as the counter in search of stopping the Jays winning streak. First pitch takes place at 7:07PM EST.

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Jays Rally 15 Runs in Historic Fashion

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 29: Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates their victory with Marco Estrada #25 during MLB game action against the Detroit Tigers on August 29, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Goins; Marco Estrada

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It was an electrifying afternoon at the Rogers Centre as the Jays were set to face off against the Detroit Tigers in the second game of the series. The boys in blue took game one in a close one Friday night, winning it 5-3. They were looking to improve their run support, and that they did.

Edwin Encarnacion got things started in the bottom of the first, by launching a 3-run shot over the left field wall. Fans had a sense that this game was going to be one for the ages, and not only another win in the column.

Every inning, the Jays seemed to be able to get their bats swinging enough to score a run in every inning except for the 5th. Drew Hutchison pitched through seven innings giving up only six hits, one walk, while striking out seven. Hendriks and Schultz would then come in to close out the game.

However, if you look back at the stat board, you should see Ben Revere come out as the hero of today’s game going 4-5 at the plate, with a spectacular catch in the third inning. However, Revere came in second to today’s history maker, Encarnacion. Edwin’s home run in the first inning was the insurance he needed to keep his hit streak going. He now sits on a 24 game hit streak, but he wasn’t finished there.

Heading into the seventh inning, the Ed-wing came on with the bases loaded. On a 2-0 pitch, he launched his 26th home run of the year on a grand slam. By hitting the grand slam, he was able to set a few records in the process. Edwin is the first Jay with three home runs and a grand slam at the same time. He is also the first player in franchise history to record an extra base hit and RBI in seven consecutive games.

By the end of the game, he now has hit nine homers in his last ten games. He now ties the top of the list with the most RBI in a game. The spot was previously held by Roy Howell (1977) followed by Adam Lind during the 2009 season with eight. With so much history made in front of a sold out crowd of 46,000, the Jays faithful paid homage to Edwin’s last home run by tossing hats in the outfield.

When it comes to a team stat made today as well, today’s game was the 21st time the Jays have scored 10 or more runs in a game this season. They are also the only team to have scored over 700 runs thus far. 28 other teams have yet to score 600. The only team to have more then 600 hits is the New York Yankees.

The Jays will send Mark Buehrle to the mound as the blue birds will look to sweep the Tigers.

Jays Sweep Angels, Look Ahead to Rangers

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Over the weekend, it was quite a site to see for Blue Jay fans as their team faced off against the Angels of Anaheim. Looking to gain more ground in the Wild Card spot as well as potentially take back first in the east, the Jays had a lot of work to do.

Well, the bats went to work over the three day set. The Jays would set a franchise record for the most runs scored (36) and hits (48) within a three-game series. The three key players for this record to take place included Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion. The power trio would go to the plate for 21 hits, 3 homers, and 19 RBI’s in the series set.

Another record seems more achievable as the team has scored at least 10 runs, 18 times this season. They are only one game shy of the club record which was set back in 2003. When asked about the team and the series against the Angels, Gibbons was humble about it. “The West Coast has never been particularly good to us. But everybody in our lineup has been swinging. It was a heck of a series. One thing we do is score runs. We’ve been doing it all year.”

Another person to watch tonight will be Edwin Encarnacion. He is currently riding a 19 game hit streak and will look to continue that as he climbs the rank of players with the longest streaks in the franchise. The leader of the list, Shawn Green. Green has a 28 game hit streak in 1998.

The Jays will now head into Arlington to face off against the Rangers (64-59) who just took 3 out of 4 against the Tigers over the weekend. They currently sit 3.5 games back from the first in the AL West, but are sitting in the second wild card spot heading into tonight. They Jays and Yankees are tied at 4.5 games for first, but that will change quickly over the next few days. The Yanks are set to take on the Houston Astros who currently lead the AL West.

The starting matchups for the Jays this week will be Buehrle/Holland, Price/Lewis, and Estrada/Gallardo. Buehrle will be looking for his 14th win of the season tonight as the club looks to back him up and get the bats going early as they look for their fourth straight win. First pitch will be at 8:05PM EST.

All in all, there is one thing for sure. Over the next week, there will be a lot of scoreboard watching by all the teams around the league as August wraps up, and we head into the final season of the regular season. Teams are putting their final ounces of gas into their tanks to boost themselves into key spots needed respectively in order to see some October baseball.

Price on the Money in Jays Debut.

As David Price walked onto the field, he was welcomed by a massive standing ovation by the Blue Jay faithful. He then did not disappoint as Price only allowed one run through eight innings of work. That would be more than enough as homers from Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins supported him in a 5-1 victory.

Price, who was acquired from the Tigers Thursday afternoon, had a solid first outing as a Blue Jay. Only giving up three hits, walking two, while setting down the last 15 batters he faced, striking out 11 in the process.

Price also set a record with 11 strikeouts, breaking the previous record of nine strikeouts.Roger Clemons held the previous record in his April 2 debut, back in 1997.

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“This is the type of atmosphere you grow up wanting to be in” said Price, talking about the fan reception throughout the entire game, proving that Jays fans were more than ecstatic to see him take the mound. Another stat that may have helped with David Price being thrilled to be coming to Canada’s only team is simple. Entering last night’s game, the Jays are tied with the Tigers in “on-base” percentage at .332 and they’ve scored 561 runs through 106 games, which is enough to lead all MLB teams. This just showing how potent the Jays offense could be providing they have all the defensive pieces in play.

Now after what has been a wild week, the Jays look to get down to business as they look to sweep the Twins and move further ahead in the Wild Card standings and gain solid ground. They will then head on the road afterwards where Price will get his next start Saturday against the New York Yankees.