Tigers Pounce on Jays, End Consecutive Streaks

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 7: Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays gets caught leading off third base as Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Detroit Tigers makes the throw to third baseman Nick Castellanos #9 during the sixth inning of the game on June 7, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Heading into the weekday series against the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to continue their streak of consecutive series won. The Jays have won 5 pervious series, and on Monday, they would send J.A. Happ to the mound in hopes of starting off the three game set with a victory. The Tigers would send Michael Fulmer to the hump in attempts to get the first win on their side at Comerica Park.

Things would get started off early for the Tigers ad they managed to score four runs in the bottom of the second inning, as James McCann would get the ball rolling. After Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton got on base, McCann would homer on a 1-2 count. Followed shortly after, Ian Kinsler would single to left, then move to second on a balk by Happ. After a passed ball, which would move him to third, Happ would throw a wild pitch scoring Kinsler. After just five innings of work and six earned runs batted in, Happ would be pulled in relief of Gavin Floyd. Floyd would let in three runs of his own in the sixth, and in the eighth, Storen would allow two, making Monday night’s game a blowout one for the Jays, as the blue birds would lose 11-0.

On Tuesday, and in this second game of the series, the Jays would look to rebound as they would look upon Aaron Sánchez to have another stellar performance and be in search of his sixth win of the year. Facing off against the Jays on the hill would be former Blue Jay, Matt Boyd. It was a much smaller affair of hits for the Tigers as the Jays would score first, but not until the fifth. The earned run would be brought upon center fielder Kevin Pillar. Looking ahead to the seventh inning, Pillar would be the help they needed once again, as he would score the second run off a fielder’s choice. Just three batters away from a win, Roberto Osuna would come in as relief, and would find himself in a bit of trouble as he would allow the Tigers to score a couple of runs, tying the game that would send this one into extras. In the tenth, Joe Biagini would give up a single to Justin Upton, and after a single to left, Upton would score, taking game two of the series, and just one game away from a sweep. Throughout the game though, the story wasn’t the runs or the lack of, but it would be on the Jays Sánchez. In just his tenth pitching performance of the 2016 year, the young right hander would see himself going 8IP, giving up only 2ER, walking 1, and striking out a season high 12.

The Jays would now find themselves staring a sweep down the tunnel. R.A. Dickey would be the man the Jays would be looking at to shut down the tigers and salvage a win before heading home to face off against the Baltimore Orioles. Jordan Zimmerman would be the man for the Tigers, as he had hopes of helping his team get a sweep. Both clubs would score a pair of runs to start off the game. Justin Smoak and Nick Castellanos would both hit home runs respectively, helping their clubs. Entering the third inning, the bats would start to come alive for the Blue Jays as Josh Donaldson would hit a three run home run scoring Josh Thole and Jose Bautista, now making it a 5-2 ballgame. Two more runs would score in the top of the fifth, and that’s all that would take place as the Jays would salvage their much needed win. Dickey would wind up going 5.1IP, giving up only 2ER while Zimmerman went 4.2IP giving up all 7ER.

The Blue Jays 32-39 will now head back home to Toronto to get ready for a four game match-up against the Orioles. Marcus Stroman (5-2) will start Thursday evening as his counterpart will be Tyler Wilson (2-5). The home town club of Toronto will look to continue their winning streak and get back on pace to winning series.

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Jays Put Tigers To Sleep with 9-2 Victory

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The Jays headed into Sunday afternoon’s game looking to sweep the Tigers out of the Rogers Centre before welcoming their new guests, the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Well, they got things started right away, wasting little time.

Josh Donaldson would take the first ball deep by launching a rocket over the left field wall on a 3-1 count. Shortly after, Edwin Encarnacion would take his own over the right field wall. This would not only be his 30th home run of the season, but it would be his 25th straight game with a hit.

With Encarnacion launching yet another bomb in so few games, he would do so in historic fashion setting another record. Eddie’s run in would set a franchise record for most RBI’s in a single month at 35. He has the opportunity to add a few more on when the Jays wrap up August, Monday night when they face the Indians.

Things would then continue however into the second at Kevin Pillar would go deep, followed by Russell Martin in the fourth. It was truly a spectacular scene as the first six runs for the Jays came off home runs by four different players. The Tigers would add a pair later in the game during the sixth and seventh innings, but that’s all they would get.

The home team would score three more runs in the eighth to finish the Tigers off with a 9-2 win. Mark Buehrle would get his fourteenth win of the season going six innings giving up only 2 runs, 1 earned, walking 2, and striking out 2. It was truly remarkable to see a weekend full of runs, as the Jays would outrun the Tigers 29-6. The defense was also a key part in the victories as the team gelled so smoothly, it was a sense of a feeling, similar to what some would say playoff baseball may feel like.

Russell Martin spoke post-game on this team on their recent success. “If this isn’t the feel of a championship team, I don’t know what is. I feel like we’re great offensively, we’re great on defense. We’re pitching great and our bullpen has depth”. Buehrle would also add that if the team doesn’t score eight runs, they feel like they’ve had a bad game. Considering their recent success and the final scores, that hasn’t been a feeling in the clubhouse as of late.

The Jays will now turn their attention to the Cleveland Indians who arrive in town Monday night for a three game series. The Indians are coming off a three game sweep of their own over the LA Angels. The opening series starters will see David Price (13-4) take the mound for the Blue Jays as he will be countered by Danny Salazar (11-7). There will definitely be some stat watching as Edwin will be going for his 26th straight game with a hit as well as Ryan Goins will be going for his tenth straight game with a hit. First pitch at 7:07PM est.

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.