Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles Game Report - August 4, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Blue Jays (5) vs. Orioles (6)
The Blue Jays bats could not overcome a costly fielding error as Toronto fell to the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Sunday afternoon.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the third, Bo Bichette had a chance to end the inning on a routine grounder up the middle. However, the rookie let the ball bounce out of his glove, allowing Chance Sisco to score on the error.
One batter later, Trey Mancini cleared the bases with a two-out, two-run double to put the Orioles ahead 4-1.
The Blue Jays made a valiant comeback attempt in the seventh, but were unable to overcome the early hole created by the error.
Randal Grichuk went 4-for-5 in the game and now has 10 hits in his last six games.
Toronto (45-69) failed to take advantage of winning the first two games of the series and will move on to Tampa Bay after a disappointing series split with the lowly Orioles.
Baltimore (38-73) has now won two in a row and will carry that momentum into their next series against the division-leading Yankees.
Sean Reid-Foley (1-1 before) allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out two across four innings of work. His final line may have been much better if not for the error from Bichette
Tom Eshelman (1-2) pitched after an opener and gave up four runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings.
The Blue Jays failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity in the first inning. After loading the bases with nobody out, opener Jimmy Yacabonis was able to get out of the jam, inducing a ground out and a double play to escape the inning unscathed.
Baltimore did not fail to capitalize on their bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom-half of the inning. After Reid-Foley walked three batters to load the bases, Jace Peterson singled on a pop up to third base to score the game’s first run.
After Bichette’s error, Toronto closed the deficit to 4-2 in the fifth when Justin Smoak grounded out to second base, allowing Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to score from third.
The Orioles were able to push the lead to 6-2 in the fifth inning thanks to the inexperienced Blue Jays pitching staff.
Yennsy Diaz, who was making his MLB debut, allowed a single and four walks, including two with the bases loaded before being pulled from the game.
Thanks to their young bats, the Jays scored three runs in the seventh to close the gap to one.
Bichette made up for his earlier miscue by leading off the inning with a home run that just snuck over the right-field wall.
Just one batter later Cavan Biggio smacked a home run onto the patio in right to bring the Jays to within two runs.
After a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. single, Grichuk roped a double down the third-base line to bring home the young phenom, closing the Baltimore lead to just one.
The Jays will start a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. Jacob Waguespack (2-1, 4.80 ERA) will take the mound against the dominant Charlie Morton (12-3, 2.78 ERA)