Blue Jays vs. Orioles Game Recap - Apr. 1, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, April 1, 2019
TORONTO, ON. _ David Hess pitched 6.1 no-hit innings to push the Baltimore Orioles over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Monday in Toronto.
Trey Mancini hit a home run along with two runs scored and two RBI. Jonathan Villar scored a run and drove in two while also adding a home run to power the Orioles offence.
Toronto found all of its offence late in the game, in the seventh inning Randal Grichuk hit a two-run home run, his first hit of the season. Freddy Galvis added a solo shot in the eighth.
But the game belonged to Hess, the young right-hander for Baltimore. He argued with manager Brandon Hyde against the idea of being pulled with the no-hitter intact, but was unable to win over his skipper.
He finished with 6.1 innings pitched, no hits allowed with one walk and eight strikeouts, a career high. Hess improved to 1-0 with the victory. Richard Bleier picked up the save, his first of the season.
The home team did not receive the same effort from their starter. Sean Reid-Foley (0-1) was pushed to start due to a right knee injury to Clayton Richard. He struggled early, and took the loss after only two innings of work, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks. He recorded three strikeouts as well as two wild pitches, one of which scored a run.
Visiting Baltimore improved to 3-1 with the victory, in a surprising start to the campaign.
With the loss, Toronto falls to 2-3 on the young season. This loss was not expected for a team that was a perfect 10-0 against Baltimore in Toronto last season.
Drama unfolded in the bottom of the ninth with Bleier on the mound. Kevin Pillar recorded a pinch-hit sacrifice fly and Teoscar Hernandez followed with an RBI triple to cut the lead to one. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. struck out on a high fastball to end it.
Pedro Araujo replaced Hess in the bottom of the seventh and walked the first batter he saw before surrendering a two-run home run to Grichuk, his first hit of the season to get the Blue Jays within four. An inning later, Galvis hit a solo home run to cut the lead to three.
Mancini hit a solo home run off of Sam Gaviglio in the top of the seventh, which extended the lead to 6-0, which proved to be the deciding run.
Baltimore struck early against Reid-Foley, with former Toronto outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. hitting a liner to centre followed by a no-doubt home run to left field by Villar. It was his first home run of the season.
Another run was scored on a bases loaded walk to Chris Davis on a close call that didn’t go Reid-Foley’s way. The fourth run of the inning came a batter later on a dropped third strike that Danny Jansen couldn’t find behind home plate. It took 34 pitches to get out of the first inning for the Blue Jays starter.
In all, Baltimore sent nine hitters to the plate in the first inning. The Jays suffered a number of defensive miscues to go with command trouble for the pitcher.
Toronto encountered early game woes again this game. The first nine batters were retired in order, burying their batting average in the first three innings of games this season even deeper - now to 1-for-46.
A walk for Billy McKinney to lead the bottom of the fourth gave the Jays their first base runner of the night. This was followed by three consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.
Thomas Pannone replaced Reid-Foley in the third inning and pitched four scoreless innings in a long relief role, which helped preserve a bullpen used heavily against Detroit. He allowed one hit and one walk with five strikeouts.
Toronto returns to action for game two of a three game set with the Orioles tomorrow night at 7:07. They will send Marcus Stroman (0-0) to the mound.
Andrew Cashner (0-1) is scheduled to start for Baltimore in the game tomorrow.