Written by Chris Slade
Tonight's game got under way at 7:05 ET with Wei-Yin Chen and Drew Hutchison on the mound. The Jays grabbed a quick lead in the 1st on RBI singles by Dioner Navarro and Danny Valencia. The Orioles lone hit and lone run of the game came in the 2nd by Chris Davis who hit his 19th home run of the season. Jose Bautista hit a two-run bomb in the 2nd and later drove in the Jays 5th run on a double in the 6th. Hutchison was masterful tonight and nearly went the distance to give the Blue Jays a 5-1 win.
Wei-Yin Chen proved hittable tonight, especially in the early innings as he fell behind quickly with four runs surrendered over the first two frames. First pitch strikes proved to be the main issue with Chen tonight. He didn't get ahead of batters at the usual rate he does which allowed the Blue Jay hitters to sit on his fastball ahead in the count. That led to 8 hits against Chen with half the damage coming from lefty-killer Jose Bautista and his two-run bomb in the 2nd. Chen did strike out 6 batters which is a plus to take away but overall it was a mediocre outing. He takes the loss.
Final Line: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K, Loss
T.J. McFarland took over in the 6th and stayed on to pitch the rest of the way. Aside from an RBI double given up in the 6th to Bautista, McFarland was solid over his three innings of work.
One hit and one walk. That's all the Birds could muster all night against Drew Hutchison who annoyingly seems to bring his A-game to the mound whenever he faces the Orioles. He was outstanding, working at a fast pace and commanding his three pitch mix for quality strikes all night. He cut and sunk his fastball, adding and subtracting velocity when necessary, while hitting all corners of the strikezone at will. His changeup and slider were crisp out-pitches all night after he worked ahead with his fasball. It was a very impressive outing that could have been a no-hitter had Chris Davis not come up with his 19th home run in the 2nd. His first walk of the game came in the 9th with two outs to Nick Markakis so this outing was very close to perfection as well. With his pitch count rising, John Gibbons removed him for Casey Janssen who retired Manny Machado on a popup for the final out of the game.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
J.J. Hardy made a terrific defensive play ranging to his left on a groundball by Melky Cabrera and firing to first to Chris Davis who made a nice scoop to get the out on the bang-bang play.
T.J. McFarland made a nice reaching stop on a bunt attempt by Ryan Goins int he 6th, tossing to first base for the out.
Key Moments In The Game
The Blue Jays spotting Hutchison an early lead was key as he settled in quick after the home run allowed to Davis in the 2nd and was dominant the rest of the way as the Jays never looked back.
Other Notes/ Musings
Hutchison versus the Orioles in 2014: 2-0, 0.98 ERA, 27.2 IP
Hutchison versus everyone esle in 2014: 6-9, 5.32 ERA, 102.2 IP
I dislike the Blue Jays as much as the next Oriole fan but sometimes you got to tip you're cap to the opposing pitcher which I did in my Hitting recap. Hutchison was phenomanal and deserved to win this game. Now, let's get that series win tomorrow! No excuses!
Miguel Gonzalez and J.A. Happ are the scheduled starters for tomorrow.
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