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Blue Jays Lose Frustrating Series Vs. Tigers

By on July 17, 2017

Following an exciting MLB All-Star break, the Toronto Blue Jays were matched up against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

The Blue Jays lost yet another frustrating series to the Tigers. The Jays still can’t find their groove in the second half of the season and lost a game they should have easily won on Sunday.

The Toronto Blue Jays won the first game of the series 7-2. Aaron Sanchez was on the mound for the Jays while Justin Verlander took the mound for the Tigers. This was a battle of young vs. vet; Verlander obviously being the vet. Sanchez had a stellar performance as he went 6.0 innings while allowing no earned runs off of 7 hits. Sanchez also struck out 4 batters and walked 2. Sanchez had an extremely rough first half of the year with injuries but looks like he’s in good shape for the second half. Meanwhile, Verlander lasted 5.1 innings while giving up two earned runs off of 3 hits. Verlander struck out 5 and walked 3. Both pitchers played well as neither team was able to produce runs before the 5th inning. The Blue Jays took the first lead of the game as Steve Pearce hit a solo homerun to left field to give the Jays a 1-0 lead. The same inning, Kevin Pillar came around to score as Jose Bautista hit a sac-fly to center field. The Jays were up 2-0 after the top half of the 5th. In the bottom half of the inning, the Tigers managed to produce one run as Alex Avila lined out to third basemen Josh Donaldson. JD made a throwing error on the play, which allowed the Tigers first run to score and cut the lead in half. In the top half of the 6th, Kevin Pillar was walked with the bases loaded, which gave the Jays an insurance run. Jose Bautista then homered in the 7th to make it 4-1 Jays. The Blue Jays added another 3 runs in the 8th inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead. The Tigers Andrew Romine hit his 4th homer of the year as he made it 7-2. The Jays held on to this one and closed out the game winning 7-2.

On Saturday, things looked ugly for the Jays as they lost 11-1. Francisco Liriano was on the mound for the Jays, while Michael Fulmer was pitching for the Tigers. Liriano has struggled this season, and once again had a poor performance. Liriano lasted  2.0 innings while giving up 5 earned runs. Liriano struck out 2 and walked 4 in his short time on the mound. Mike Bolsinger was brought in to replace Liriano and pitched 3.2 innings as he gave up another 3 earned runs. Harrell then replaced Bolsinger and pitched a shutout inning. The Blue Jays turned things over to Aaron Loup in the 8th inning and he gave up another 3 earned runs off of 3 hits. The Jays pitching was awful in game 2 of the series, but their bats weren’t much better. The Jays only run was scored in the 4th inning as Josh Donaldson grounded out which allowed Bautista to score. Michael Fulmer had a great performance as he lasted 8.0 innings giving up only 1 earned run off of 2 hits. Alex Wilson closed out the game for the Tigers and got the Jays to go 3-up, 3-down. The Jays got demolished in this one 11-1 final.

The series finale between the Blue Jays and Tigers was played yesterday, as the Jays were looking to win their first series after the all-star break. Marco Estrada was on the mound for the Jays while the Tigers started Anibal Sanchez. The Blue Jays took an early lead in the top of the 1st inning as all-star Justin Smoak hit his 24th homer of the year and gave the Jays a 2-0 lead over the Tigers. Kendrys Morales was the very next batter for the Blue Jays and hit his 17th of the year to give the Jays a nice 3-0 lead. The Jays 3-0 didn’t last long as Marco Estrada gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Estrada lasted 3.2 innings as he gave up 4 earned runs off of 5 hits. The Tigers took the lead in the 4th inning but the Jays didn’t waste much time regaining the lead. Jose Bautista hit a 2-run shot which was his 16th of the year. J.D Martinez then hit a solo-HR in the 8th inning to tie things up at 5-5. The game went into extra innings where Harrell was put in a tough situation and ended up walking in the winning run. A walk-off walk was the Jays lost this one.

The Blue Jays are now off to play against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. The Jays are on a 10-game road trip and will be back in Toronto on Monday, July 24th against the Oakland A’s.

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