The Jays traded for Latroy Hawkins and Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, giving up their current shortstop Jose Reyes as well as 2014’s 9th overall pick Jeff Hoffman, Jeses Tino and Miguel Castro. In Hawkins the Jays acquire a veteran presence in the bullpen who has been pitching well this year and has been around and can help the young bullpen grow. In Tulo the Jays acquire the best shortstop in game offensively as well as being a very strong defender.
The Jays won the opener and the closer of the series as well as dropping an extra innings game in the middle, the Jays are now 49-48.
The Jays are off to Seattle to take on king Felix and the Mariners.
Yesterday the Jays beat the Rays 4-0 to get the series win, today the Jays have an off day as they travel to Oakland.
The Jays lost 3-2 against the Rays in game 2 of the series, R.A Dickey got the start for the Jays and gave up one run in the six innings he pitched. The bullpen gave up two one run homeruns to the Rays. Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera gave up those homeruns and let another good start go to waste as the offense couldn’t pick up the slack. Jose Reyes went 2-4. Edwin Encarnacion, Devon Travis and Kevin Pillar all hit a double. Jose Bautista hit his 18th homerun of the season.
The Jays finish the series tomorrow against the Rays before going on the road again, where they will face the Oakland A’s next.
The Jays opened the unofficial start of the second half of baseball season also known as game 92 against the Rays. The game was scoreless for the first 2 innings before in the top of the 3rd Grady Sizemore hit a solo homerun off of Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Hutchison left the game after pitching six innings and giving up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. In the bottom of the 4th Chris Colabello hit a sacrifice fly to even the score up at one run. In the fifth inning the Jays scored 5 runs against the Rays, with Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak hitting homeruns. Bo Schultz and Robert Osuna pitched the final three innings for the Jays shutting down the Rays for the rest of the game. During the course of the game both Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak hit doubles. Smoak’s line today was 2-4 with 3 Rbi’s. The Jays were 3-6 with Runners in scoring position tonight.
Game 2 against the Rays is tomorrow, R.A. Dickey (3-10) with a 4.87 era is the probable starting pitcher for the Jays against the Rays Erasmo Ramirez.
Lets start off with the homerun derby, Josh Donaldson made it to the 2nd round before getting beaten, an improvement from last years derby.
In the Allstar game the Al won 6-3, Josh Donaldson went 0-0 with 2 walks, Russell Martin went 0-1. David Price got the win for the American League, Clayton Kershaw took the loss for the national league.