Toronto Blue Jays fall to consecutive defeats
Trey Mancini and Jonathan Villar homered as the Orioles manage to hang on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5. Meanwhile, David Hess pitched 6 1/3 no-hit innings.
The Blue Jays have now lost their second game on the bounce; following their 6-0 defeat on Sunday. The Orioles meanwhile have now won their last three games.
Freddy Galvis had a solo effort for the Blue Jays following Hess’s exit. Hess was remarkable and near perfect in his 82-pitch performance which also included 50 strikes. Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer also for the Blue Jays.
Pedro Araujo, Richard Bleier, and Mike Wright were among the big hitters for Baltimore, alongside Hess.
The Blue Jays were down in the ninth and resorted to putting men on the third and second. Kevin Pillar then made it 6-4 before Teoscar Hernandez got the Jays within touching distance when his triple put Toronto just one behind.
Any hope of a Blue Jays comeback was ended when Lourdes Gurriel struck out; as Bleier made the save.
There was another poor attendance at the Rogers Centre as only 10,460 attending that game. That’s much lower than their former lowest of 45,048 at the Opening Day.
The Blue Jays combination of Matt Shoeman, Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, and Trent Thornton finally ended their streak of 24 scoreless innings. They had a torrid time in the first four games of the season against the Detroit Tigers.
The season has started with no consistency thus far for the Blue Jays, as they won the second and third games, but lost the first and fourth against the Tigers. Meanwhile, there will be cause for optimism as they managed to blank Detroit in their two victories.
The Orioles under the new stewardship of Brandon Hyde have won two of their three games against the New York Yankees before last night’s win over Toronto.
The Blue Jays had won their last ten meeting against Baltimore at the Rogers Centre; making it the third longest winning streak against any opponent in the team’s history.
Head coach Charlie Montoyo wasn’t about to make excuses for his poor batsman after the game. Speaking to reporters, he said: “It has been a struggle. I’m not going to defend our offense right now. I could talk about adjustments all day, but we haven’t been doing them. In the first four innings almost every game we’ve gotten no-hit, but also you’ve got to give them credit for making a comeback. We could have just died and not done anything.”
In the upcoming fixture between the two teams, Stroman will make his second start of the season and will come up against Andrew Cashner.