Toronto Blue Jays Hopeful
The Toronto Blue Jays are on their way to the West Coast and feeling hopeful after the secured a series split this Sunday against the New York Yankees.
The game was tied 2-2 after Justin Smoak went to bat and hit his 14th home run for the season, and Donaldson was in fine form for Bobblehead day after a solo blast off in the opening of the 8th inning against Tyler Clippard.
John Gibbons, the club manager, stated after the comeback win “I love the way we’re playing right now, to be honest with you. Pitching, for the most part, ‘s been really good. We’re starting to hit home runs. We did that again today. They accounted for all three runs there. So that’s a good sign.”
Sunday was the tenth win out of 13 games for the Blue Jays. The club had a rough start to the year and is still in the midst of digging itself out from the start of the season. Gibsons mentioned that the win was needed and would have been a kick in the teeth has they lost. He further stated, “I think that was a huge, huge win for us for the guys.”
While the win was reason to celebrate alone, there are some other notable celebrations with Marcus Stroman having another strong start; he comes off a five-game winning streak. He saw the first seven batters being retired until giving up a single to Chase Headley. The six-inning saw two runs batted in before striking out the next four.
Luis Severino, the Yankee pitcher, saw an equally strong performance with an average speed of over 97mph. The result saw Severino retiring eight batters. The pitcher went seven straight innings and only gave up six hits and two runs.
For his part, Donaldson is impressed with the season Smoak is having and was pleased with his performance securing his 6th home run of the 2017 season. Clippard failed to get the job done with Donaldson on Sunday’s game and with the ball going 384 feet to the right of center field, the sellout crowd cheered as Donaldson ran the bases.
Toronto also has received good news regarding recent x-rays on Devon Tavis after the 95mph hit he took in the 7th inning as a result of a pitch by Severino. The impact of the hit was severe and saw Tavis heading to the dugout in attempts to relieve the pain. The hit impacted his ability to finish the game due to concerns he had suffered a broken bone. It is expected he will be in the lineup for the next game.
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