After yesterday’s messy game I think we were all looking forward to seeing a calmer game from 2016 ERA leader, Aaron Sanchez, while he makes his 2017 debut, against Blue Jays killer Chris Archer.
And it started exactly like that. The first base runner for both team didn’t come until the bottom of the third when Smith hit an infield single off Sanchez’s glove. But all in all Sanchez pitched great. He threw 7 inning, gave up 4 hits, a run, and walked 3 but struck out 6. I’m pretty he’s also thrown the most pitches out of the 5 guys with 101.
The Jays batters had it tough and it showed. Archer faced the minimum for the first five innings. The Jays finally got a hit in the 5th courtesy of Morales, but that was quickly erased when Pearce grounded into a double play. In the top of the 7th Tulo would tie the game with an RBI single after Archer gave up back to back walks.
The Jays would eventually take the lead in 8th but just like yesterday would cough it up in the bottom of that inning with Biagini pitching. Grilli would pitch a scoreless (but not painless) inning, and Casey Lawrence would make his debut in the 11th. It is an unfortunately memorable one when Lawrence walked the winning run after giving up a single and intentionally walking two runners.
It wasn’t a very fun game to GIF but here’ s Sanchez’s dad being super adorable.