Mariners Take Rubber Match
The Toronto Blue Jays were looking to take the rubber match against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday evening at the Rogers Centre. Seattle took the first game of the series after Canadian pitcher James Paxton of the Mariners threw the first no hitter by a Canadian north of the border. The Blue Jays won on Wednesday after they put up four runs in the 8thinning, including which included a 2-run double off the bat of Justin Smoak. On Thursday, J.A Happ got the ball for the Jays (4-2, 3.67 ERA), while the Mariners sent Mike Leake (3-3, 6.28 ERA) to the mound. The Blue Jays sat 3rdin the AL east, but had been playing incredibly average, splitting their last 10 games 5-5. Seattle came into action sitting third in the AL west, while sporting an impressive 12-7 record on the road this season.
J.A Happ struggled out of the gate, giving up two singles, and a walk to load the bases in the first inning. Kyle Seager of the Mariners would then promptly smash one into right-centre field for the grand slam, giving Seattle an early 4-0 lead. Seattle would tack on another run in the top of the second inning after Mitch Haniger got an RBI single.
The bottom half of that inning saw the Blue Jays get some life, as Kevin Pillar hit a double down the left field line. Russell Martin would then smack a homer into left field to cut the Mariners’ lead to 5-2.
The Jays’ momentum would be short lived, however, as the first pitch J.A Happ threw in the third inning was driven out of the park by Ryon Healy, giving Seattle a 6-2 lead.
Kyle Seager would continue his hot night in the 4th inning, hitting his second home run of the night to straight-away center field. The solo shot was his 7th career multi-home run game.
The Mariners would pile on two more runs by the end of the game, as they took the rubber match of the series by a final score of 9-3.
The Jays will be back in action on Friday when they open up a series at home against the division rival Boston Red Sox (25-11). The Jays are expected to put Aaron Sanchez (2-3, 4.14 ERA), against Red Sox ace Chris Sale (3-1, 2.02 ERA).