Blue Jays Surging After 6th Straight Victory
Is this team for real?
The Toronto Blue Jays finished the month of May with a 12-17 record (23-29 overall), but after a loss in the first game of a double header on June 2 to the Washington Nationals, the Jays have put together a six game winning streak and are now 29-30 and just four games out of first.
In the second game of the double header on June 2, the Jays came away with a split after scoring six runs late to defeat the Nationals 7-3. Kevin Pillar was the star of the game launching two home runs in the victory.
On June 3rd, the offense exploded scoring eight runs, led by Jose Bautista‘s eighth home run on the season, to help support Mark Buehrle‘s complete game shutout. The left handed starter gave up six hits and struck out two earning his seventh win on the season.
The streak reached three games on Friday June 5, when starter Aaron Sanchez followed up Buehrle’s performance with a good one of his own tossing eight innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, and striking out three to earn his fifth victory on the season. Jose Reyes hit his first home run on the season and Bautista added his ninth in the 6-2 victory over the sliding Astros.
On Saturday, the Jays scored early and held on for a 7-2 victory as Drew Hutchison won his 5th game tossing 6.1 innings, and allowing one run on six hits and striking out five. The offense was led by Justin Smoak‘s pinch-hit two RBI double and Kevin Pillar‘s 2 for 4 game with 2 RBI’s.
The Jays took care of the Astros on Sunday by sweeping them, after scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the ‘Stros 7-6. In the bottom of the ninth, with the Jays trailing 6-4, Reyes singled home Munenori Kawasaki to pull within 6-5, and Chris Colabello hit a game winning two run single scoring Reyes and Bautista to complete the comeback. Bautista launched two more home runs (10,11) and Russell Martin added his 8th in the victory.
Monday started a new week for Toronto and they added to their winning ways with a six run first inning en route to an 11-3 thrashing of the Marlins. Jays Starter Marco Estrada allowed three runs on seven hits, and struck out six in seven innings. Josh Donaldson hit his 16th home run on the season leading an offensive attack that saw everyone in the starting lineup with at least one hit in the game.
The Blue Jays take on the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night for game two of their three game series as the Jays look to extend their winning streak to seven games.
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