Bad Friday: Blue Jays lose 7th straight game

by Steven Clarke April 16, 2017, 0:44

Toronto is last in Major League Baseball's overall standings and sits in the basement in several offensive categories. In the process, they beat one of the best Jays pitchers from past year, Aaron Sanchez.

Once his neck was immobilized on a spinal board, Scott was lifted onto a cart and driven off the field and taken to a hospital.

The Blue Jays responded with a pair in the bottom half of the frame.

Manager John Gibbons was encouraged by the fact that the Jays recorded 10 hits in the game, but was still discouraged by the lack of timely hitting.

Just 10 games in, hopeful Toronto fans are clinging to the "It's early" refrain.

Toronto brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth before closer Zach Britton struck out Steve Pearce to lock down his fifth save.

Donaldson is batting.310 with two home runs and four RBIs this season.

The game was delayed for about 10 minutes in the eighth inning after home plate umpire Dale Scott was struck in the face mask by a foul tip.

There were a few positives on the night for the Blue Jays.

Roberto Osuna came into the game trying to lock down his 1st save as the Jays clung to a 1-0 lead they scratched out in the bottom of the 7th.

Kevin Gausman knew it was a good time to try to step on the Toronto Blue Jays and take advantage of them while they are down.

Liriano was replaced by Joe Biagini with two outs and a runner at first base in the seventh inning.

The early-season spiral continued with a 6-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, dropping the Jays to 1-9 - the worst start in franchise history.

"When you leave balls over the middle of the plate to a good-hitting team like them, that's what they do with them", Sanchez said. The Orioles will counter with fellow right-hander Alec Asher (season debut). But, boy, did the Jays ever need that pickup that Morales provided with his walkoff homer in after the Jays coughed up a 1-0 lead in the top of the 9th.

"I think it's just a reminder of the challenges physically and the risk taken every night by catchers, umpires and that one, I know Dale had some concussions previous year", O's Manager Buck Showalter said after the game (via the Baltimore Sun).

Davis' drive in the sixth was the 18th of his career at Rogers Centre.

That may well mean time at third base for the left-handed hitting Coghlan, but he has no illusions about making the same kind of impact as the 2015 AL MVP.

Catcher/first baseman Juan Graterol was designated for assignment to make room for Coghlan on the 40-man roster. Asher made one start at Norfolk, pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) gave up just one run in seven innings of work during a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on April 5.

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