Blue Jays Take Series Opener Against Nationals

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The Toronto Blue Jays took the series opener against the Nationals. Ryan Borucki picks up the win. Anthony Bass picks up the save, as the Jays won 4-1. Trent Thornton pitched four innings, giving up eight hits, while striking out three and walking two.

Powered by the long ball

All of the Blue Jays’ runs were scored via the long ball. Teoscar Hernandez got the game started with an opposite field bomb. In the fourth, Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen took Anibal Sanchez deep. Next inning, Hernandez hit his second home run. Each of Hernandez’s four hits off of Sanchez have been home runs.

Defensive Gems

Out hit by the Nationals 11-7, the Blue Jays’ defense excelled in tough situations. The Blue Jays turned four double plays, two started by Brandon Drury. In the 8th, Santiago Espinal turned two, helping Rafael Dolis get out of the inning.

Trent Thornton

Trent Thornton started strong, striking out two in the first. However, the Nationals were all over Thornton. Only giving up one run, Thornton gave up eight hits, with many loud outs. Also, Thornton could not keep his pitch count down. Thornton threw seventy-four pitches through four innings.

However, Thornton had flashes of brilliance. Thornton kept changing eye levels which allowed for softer contact, as well as many swings and misses.

Ryan Borucki

Ryan Borucki made his MLB return. Through 1-1/3 innings, Borucki struck out two, walked one and gave up one hit. Borucki’s fastball was up to 95 mph, up from his usual 91-92 mph from 2018. However, Borucki’s best pitch was his slider. Playing off of his fastball, Borucki’s slider was sharp and he was able to locate it well.

Rowdy Tellez

Picking up his first hit of 2020, Tellez went 1 for 3 with a blast. After walking in the first, Tellez launched a ball to the second deck in right field. Tellez showed why his power should keep him in the lineup. However, he needs to start barreling up more balls, as his next two at bats were lazy fly balls.

Danny Jansen

Jansen went 2 for 4 with a blast. Jansen seems to be becoming more comfortable at the plate, having good at bats and making solid contact. In addition, Jansen’s defense keeps him above Reese McGuire for the starting job.

IL Issues

Bo Bichette was scratched due to calf tightness. In larger news, Ken Giles is on the 10-day IL, as he’s dealing with elbow soreness. On Monday, Giles had an MRI and the team is awaiting results.

Up Next

Tanner Roark makes his Blue Jays debut today. Roark will be dueling against Austin Voth.

Nate Pearson is in the discussion to start Wednesday. If he gets the start, he will be dueling Max Scherzer.

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