Blue Jays Comeback Falls Short in 11th Inning, Lose 4-3 to Orioles

Logan Lockhart
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@lgllockhart

Monday, August 31, 2020


Jose Iglesias’ RBI double in the eleventh inning propelled the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon.

 

With the win, the Orioles avoid the sweep after losing the first three games of the four game series against their AL East foes.

 

With the “ghost runner” rule in effect for all extra innings games in 2020, the Orioles proceeded in the eleventh by driving in Anthony Satander from second, by-way of Iglesias’ double off of Blue Jays reliever Anthony Bass.. 

 

Baltimore added an insurance run in the inning when Bryan Holloday recorded only his fifth hit of the season to drive in Iglesias from second, extending his team’s lead to 4-2. 

 

Monday afternoon’s series finale marked the third time in the set that needed extra innings. 

 

The Blue Jays were 1-11 with runners in scoring position.

 

Cesar Valdez earned the save after limiting the Blue Jays to one run.

 

The comeback effort from Toronto was unsuccessful when Teoscar Hernandez tried to the score from first base, after a base hit from Rowdy Tellez. 

 

Chase Anderson made his sixth start of the season against Baltimore in the conclusion of the four-game series on Monday afternoon. 

 

After allowing a double, and single in succession to Anthony Santander and Jose Iglesias respectively in the first inning to be charged with an earned run, Anderson retired 12 in a row.

 

All of Anderson’s first six outs were recorded by-way of the strike out.

 

The native of Wichita Falls, Texas finished his day throwing five innings, allowing three hits and one run, while striking out eight. 

 

In relief of Anderson was Wilmer Font, Ryan Borucki, Thomas Hatch, Rafael Dolis , A.J Cole and Bass.

 

Font entered the game to start the sixth inning and allowed the Orioles to tie the game at two, while allowing two hits.

 

Orioles pitcher Keegan Akin made his first career major league start, and was sharp early through his first four innings of work. 

 

Akin was pulled in the fifth inning by manager Brandon Hyde after the left-handed pitcher allowed a one-out walk and then a double to Danny Jansen and Joe Panik in succession.

 

After Cavan Biggio hit a routine ground ball to the second base, Orioles infielder Hanser Alberto overthrew his target at the first to commit an error, allowing both Blue Jays runners to score on the play. 

 

Herandez extended his hitting streak to 12 games in the fourth inning when he hit his sixth double of the season.

 

Monday afternoon was not only the fourth and final game of the weekend series against the Orioles, but also the MLB trade deadline.

 

In addition to acquiring Taijuan Walker and Daniel Vogelbach prior to the start of the weekend, the Blue Jays traded for Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray and Marlins infielder Jonathan Villar hours before Monday afternoon’s 4 o’clock PM EST deadline.

 

It was in the third inning when it was reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that Villar was on his way to becoming a member of the Blue Jays.

 

Villar, 29, is a switch-hitting infielder that can also be used as an outfielder, and hit .274 in 2019, while launching 24 home runs while playing for the Orioles. 

 

The Blue Jays will take their new acquisitions to Miami on Tuesday night, when they will start a short two-game stint against the Marlins.