Everyone thought that sweeping the Rockies and Rangers was nice but once the team returned to the AL East to face the division’s hottest team in the Baltimore Orioles that the real test was about to occur. Well if this series was a test the Blue Jays answered and then some. The Jays earned not only their third straight series sweep but also tied a franchise record when they recorded their 11th straight victory with a 13-5 win over the O’s to complete the series sweep.
The Blue Jays are now 5.0 games back of first place in the AL East and have their first positive run differential of the entire season.
Wes recapped game three and the hopeful resurgence of struggling slugger Jose Bautista:
Is this a turnaround game for Jose Bautista? He and RP Darren O’Day started a little feud in game 1. O’Day made a comment after striking out Bautista, to which Bautista took exception. When game 2 was on the line, Showalter brought in O’Day to pitch and Bautista homered. He said a few words to O’Day as he rounded third and O’Day responded in kind. Today, Jose was 0-1 after his first plate appearance but it was his second plate appearance that made it look like things were turning. He walked. That’s it, that’s all. Then he walked in his third plate appearance. Then he doubled to the right-center alley in his 4thplate appearance. He’s hit several homers in this cold stretch, but mostly because he’s a dead-red fastball hitter and pitcher like to throw fastballs. Other than that he wasn’t striking the ball with authority very often. Thee walks tell me that he’s seeing the ball well and has a good idea of the strike zone. The double tells me that he’s able to put it all—the strike zone concept, the knowledge, and the swing—in a nice, tidy package with a bow on it.
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CURRENT RECORD: 38-36, 5th place, 5.0 games out of first place. (+6 run differential)
Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)
Game 1 – Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6 – Rajai Davis with a clutch 9th inning run as Jays win a close one.
Game 2 – Blue Jays 4, Orioles 2 – Bautista with a big night as he hits homerun off Darren O’Day to win it.
Game 3 – Blue Jays 13, Orioles 5 – Blue Jays hammer Orioles for 11th straight victory!
UP NEXT: The Blue Jays travel to Tampa to face another AL East rival for an important three game set versus the Rays (39-37, +14 run differential, 4-6 L10).