Regular Season, Game 41 of 162
May 15, 2013 at 7:07 PM ET
Rogers Center, Toronto, Ontario
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The Toronto Blue Jays have arrived ladies and gentleman. After another ‘Giant’ pummeling on Wednesday, the birds in blue showed they are now a force to be reckoned with — scoring 32 runs in their last 3 games.
The Giants did however take the first lead of the night, off Toronto starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz — making just his 2nd start in a Blue Jays uniform. Angel Pagan cashed in Pablo Sandoval with a sac-fly in the first, but that was Ortiz’ only blemish on an otherwise outstanding performance.
It also didn’t matter, because the Giants lead didn’t last long, thanks in part to their own defense. It all started when Marco Scutaro bobbled a popup allowing Jose Bautista to reach base. After a walk to Encarnacion, Angel Pagan missed a sinking liner in Center Field from J.P. Arencibia that allowed Bautista and Encarnacion to score. Three pitches later, Adam Lind went DEEP over the fence in right field for his 3rd home run of the season — that was a two-run shot.
When the dust settled, the Blue Jays put 5 runs on the board in the 1st, and for the second consecutive game their entire lineup had atleast one at bat in the 1st inning. The last time Toronto did that was April 10-11, 1994 vs. the Seattle Mariners.
The Blue Jays kept the wheels spinning in the 2nd. Melky Cabrera lead off with a double, then Jose Bautista singled him in. A batter later, J.P. Arencibia stepped up and made it 8-1 with his 10th home run of the season. Another 2-run bomb from the Jays!
The added two more in the 3rd when Jose Bautista doubled in Munenori Kawasaki, followed by an Edwin Encarnacion sac-fly ball that scored Melky Cabrera — who advanced to 3rd on the Bautista double. Once again, and rather unfortunately for Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, it was all Blue Jays tonight.
Toronto’s offense backed the solid outing from Ramon Ortiz, who settled down after the 1st to the tune of facing just 5 batters over the minimum over the next 6 innings. It was the first time Ortiz pitched into the 7th since April 22, 2007 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins.
In total, Ortiz allowed only a single earned run for the second consecutive outing — scattering six hits and a walk with a strike out.
The Giants, like last night, scored a couple runs late — but again it was far too LATE. The Blue Jays held on for a comfortable 11-3 victory.
The win resulted several firsts for the 2013 Blue Jays: first back-to-back series win, first series win at home, first 4 game win streak and first sweep (a 2-game sweep, but we’ll take it!).
If there was any question as to weather or not the Blue Jays are rising to their pre-season expectation levels, they’re now 7-3 in their last 10 games. Here they come!
— John T. (@elvisuperman) May 16, 2013
@bjsfans …and 7-3 in their last ten!!! I LOVE IT!!!
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— James Hooper (@JamesCNHooper) May 16, 2013