With six games left in the season for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays in the regular season, these two Wild Card contenders began a three-game series at Rogers Centre hopefully to make one finish push towards the postseason. Tonight lack of hitting and poor pitch choices during the early innings were costly as the Orioles dropped the series opener 5-1. The Blue Jays gain another game ahead of the Orioles for the first Wild Card spot in the American League, and Orioles three game winning streak was snapped.
Despite coming off a rough start against the Red Sox and being bumped from his Sunday start due to an intercostal injury, Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was carrying a 5-1 record in his last seven starts. He had however been struggling against the Blue Jays all season long with a 7.71 ERA in two starts against them. Tonight would not be any different as the young right-hander lasted six innings earning the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The Orioles lone run came from Mark Trumbo with an RBI single in the third, Trumbo went 2-for-4 on the night. Matt Wieters and Michael Bourn each record multi-hit games, and J.J. Hardy hit the team’s only extra-base hit with a double in the third.
Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez had owned Oriole bats this season coming in; going 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four starts. After three straight no decisions in his previous three starts the right-hander pitched six, one-run innings on five hits, with three walks and ten strikeouts. Sanchez (14-2) earned his 4th win against the Orioles this season and recorded double digit strikeouts for only the second time this season with the last time coming back on June 7th in Detroit in which he struck out twelve Tiger batters. Ezequiel Carrera went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBI’s, and Josh Donaldson went 2-for-2 with a homer, two walks and two RBI’s. Troy Tulowitzki also went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
In an additional game note both Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and manager Buck Showalter got ejected in the seventh inning after Davis struck out and argued the call, and Showalter argued after Davis struck out. Game two of this three-game series will be Wednesday night at 7:07 PM/ET. Starting pitchers will be: Chris Tillman (BAL 16-6 3.84 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (TOR 8-13 4.88 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).