Braves outduel the Jays with efficiency at the plate

Gordon Brown
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@gordbrown_

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Atlanta (9) Toronto (4) Final

Matt Joyce went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Atlanta Braves 9-4 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. The 35-year-old old opened the scoring with a first-inning solo home-run and later put the game out of reach after a two-run single in the seventh.

The Braves (81-54) collectively produced eleven hits and saw four individuals pick up two RBI each, including Joyce, Ronald Acuna Jr., Adeiny Hechavarria, and Freddie Freeman. A team combined 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position proved to be the difference as the opposing Blue Jays struggled to round the bases.

Luke Jackson (8-2) secured his eighth victory in a relief appearance for Atlanta despite allowing one earned run and a walk. The team's former closer turned in 1.1 innings of work across the fifth and sixth, striking out two batters--including Teoscar Hernandez to escape the fifth unscathed.

Toronto (54-81) mustered ten hits in the loss but were only 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The offence was hard to come by for the home team, but Randal Grichuk was the most consistent going to 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI. 

Jacob Waguespack (4-2) delivered three uninspiring innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs. He threw 40-of-73 pitches for strikes and surrendered two walks on the night, posting only two strikeouts.

It was a quiet day for Toronto's rookies, however, Vladdy Guerrero Jr. went 2-for-5 and plated one RBI to headline the performances. Bo Bichette finished 1-for-5 and saw his batting average dip to .341 on the season.

Toronto will have Thursday off before returning to Rogers Centre for a three-game series versus the Houston Astros. Perhaps the Blue Jays will run into former teammate Joe Biagini for the first time since being dealt at the deadline along with Aaron Sanchez, who remains on the IL with a sore right pectoral muscle.