Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles Game Report - April 2, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Blue Jays (1) - Orioles (2)
Photo Credit: @BlueJays
TORONTO - Toronto’s early-season slump at the plate continued Tuesday night, as the Blue Jays fell 2-1 to the Baltimore Orioles.
Rowdy Tellez went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning home run that closed the gap for Toronto (2-4), who have lost three straight games.
The Blue Jays played their first game without fan-favourite Kevin Pillar, who was traded to the San Francisco Giants earlier in the afternoon.
Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple for Baltimore (4-1), who have now won four straight games since losing on Opening Day.
Marcus Stroman (0-1) started for the Blue Jays and pitched 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out five.
Andrew Cashner (1-1) picked up the win for Baltimore, throwing six shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out three.
The Blue Jays had an opportunity gifted to them down 2-0 in the sixth, when Villar botched what would have been an inning-ending groundball off the bat of Justin Smoak.
However, the Jays were unable to take advantage of the bases loaded situation, as Tellez flied out to end the inning, sending a loud groan through the 12, 110 fans in attendance at Rogers Centre.
The Orioles broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning when Villar drove in a run with a triple down the right-field line.
Trey Mancini followed up with a single to left field that brought Villar home to make it 2-0.
Stroman was able to induce a double-play but was chased from the game after walking the following batter.
The Orioles had six hits through five innings but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities.
Poor baserunning cost Baltimore a run in the fourth when Jonathan Villar was picked off at second just before Rio Ruiz singled to centre.
The Blue Jays’ bats continued to struggle, being held hitless until Smoak’s single to right field in the fourth inning.
Stroman pitched well early, sitting down the Orioles in order to start the game. He got into trouble in the second and third innings as the Orioles got two batters into scoring position but Stroman was able to escape without allowing a run.
The Orioles had an injury scare in the bottom of the first, as the trainers were called to the mound to check on Cashner. He would be fine, however, getting Anthony Alford to ground out to short on his next pitch.