Blue Jays Invade Seattle


Article Written by Hudson Stewart (@hudson_stewart6)

       It’s that time of the year again. We’ve reached the part of the season where the Blue Jays visit Seattle for their annual home series away from home. It’s really amazing to see, because for Blue Jays fans that live in Western Canada, this is their only chance to see the team live, and they sure make the most out of it. It started off as something small, but now it’s gotten so big that the Blue Jays themselves are endorsing it with #BlueJaysInvade.

       The 2018 edition of the Blue Jays Seattle series began last night with a great ballgame. The game was destined to be a strange one, with Tyler Clippard starting for the Jays, and it ended up taking a turn that no one saw coming. The hero of the game was 28 year-old Mike Hauschild, who made his Blue Jays debut and made it count by throwing 6 scoreless innings, while racking up 5 strikeouts and only allowing 4 hits. Now, I’ll be honest, I follow the Blue Jays pretty closely, but I had no idea who Mike Hauschild was going into last night, and I’m sure the thousands of Blue Jays in attendance at Safeco Field didn’t know either. But, nonetheless, it was a great story for a guy who was looking for an MLB spot just a few days ago.

      As for the rest of the game, the Blue Jays' bats came alive late. With the game tied in the top of the 7th, Kendrys Morales took Juan Nicasio deep to right field for a 2-run shot to put the Jays up 4-2. The Jays then added some insurance runs in the top of the 9th, thanks to a pair of errors from Kyle Seager, and a pinch-hit 2-run bomb from Aledmys Diaz. That 7-3 lead held up in the bottom of the 9th, where Ryan Tepera finished the game off. Some other interesting notes from the game include a 4-hit game for Teoscar Hernandez, 2 RBIs for Devon Travis, and another hit in this one from Kendrys Morales, who somehow has his batting average up to .257; shocking, considering how bad his start to the season was.

     Looking forward to the rest of the series, there are some good pitchers that will throw. Today, the Jays will start Ryan Borucki, who currently holds a 2.83 ERA, but is still yet to record a big league win. He’ll be opposed by Marco Gonzales. Then, on Saturday, the Jays will throw Marco Estrada out there, while the Mariners start James Paxton, who no-hit the Blue Jays back on May 8th. We’ll see if Toronto can fare better this time. Finally, on Sunday we’ll see Sam Gaviglio take the mound against Mike Leake in the series finale.

    Some other notes from around the Blue Jays organization; AAA Buffalo Bisons: #1 Prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his AAA debut on Tuesday. So far, he’s recorded 2 hits, an RBI, and 4 walks. Also, yesterday’s starter for the Bisons, Jacob Waguespack, struck out 12 batters in 6.1 innings in his Bisons debut. Waguespack was acquired from the Phillies in the Aaron Loup trade, and doesn’t look to be anything too promising, with an ERA of 5.13. But  with prospects, you never know. One last thing of note from Buffalo is Sean Reid-Foley’s most recent start on Monday. Reid-Foley threw 6.1 innings, giving up just 1 earned run on 4 hits, while striking out 6 batters. Reid-Foley currently sits at #10 on the Blue Jays prospects list, and it’ll be interesting to see if the 22 year-old gets called up this year in September, or if the team waits until next season.

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