Busy day for the Blue Jay ends in 2-1 defeat to Orioles
Baltimore Orioles extended their winning run to four following a 2-1 victory on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Andrew Cashner was the star of the show, as he threw six shutouts.
The Blue Jays have now lost three on the bounce, with the Orioles scoring all four runs in the sixth inning.
Rowdy Tellez threatened to make things interested as he homered in the ninth, but nothing ever materialized for the Jays. For the second consecutive night, they fell short, with Freddy Galvis put out to extinguish any hopes of the comeback.
The Orioles outhit the Blue Jays overall by 10-6. However, the Blue Jays fans’ were more interested in the two big pieces of news off the field on Tuesday.
Blue Jays will need to up their game, as they are up against a solid Orioles pitcher.
Kevin Pillar leaves for San Francisco
The Blue Jays transition period continued as the likeable veteran Kevin Pillar was sent to the Giants in exchange for three players. These three players came in the form of Alen Hanson, Juan De Paula, and Derek Law.
Pillar will undoubtedly be missed in Toronto, after making the switch in 2011. The team’s reaction was summed up during Justin Smoak’s interview with the press following the announcement. He said: “He was great, man. Good teammate. Superman. Whatever you want.”
He began getting emotional, before concluding: “He’s a guy you want on your team. Sorry, I’m getting emotional.”
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins was keen to pay his tribute to Pillar and explained how ‘difficult the decision’ was to allow the veteran to leave for the younger players to step up.
Atkins said: “This was a deal that we felt made sense to gain (financial) control and create opportunities for others.”
Pillar follows Marco Estrada, Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, and Steve Pearce who have already departed the Blue Jays since the transforming of the squad began last year.
The GM was keen to remind the fans of what the team is trying to achieve. He said: “We’re not in a popularity contest. We’re in a contest to win championships.”
Randal Grichuk agrees to new contract
Meanwhile, the day of business for the Blue Jays was concluded with Grichuk agreeing to a five-year extension worth a reported $52 million.
Atkins was keen to tie the outfielder down as he was eligible to operate as a free agent following next season.
It has been reported by Sportsnet that his new salary will include $7 million along with a $5 million signing-on bonus. Meaning he will earn $12 million in 2020.
The GM was keen to not comment on the reported breakdown and instead provided reasons why the deal was made. He said: “Obviously the performance is the key part of it, But we will rest well at night with his effort, and his professionalism, his commitment to being great. Being a part of something special is important to him.”
“The offence has always stood out. He’s always performed well. He’s always hit the ball hard, and he’s always hit it far. It usually goes over the fence at a pretty good rate. In our view, he’s been an above-average defender, and those are hard things to piece together.”