It's one of baseball's great mysteries how a team manages to win games like the one on May 5th. Francisco Liriano was erratic, not efficient and prone to giving up the base on balls. The Jays beleaguered bullpen had to come in and save the day. The Jays were facing Tampa's ace and one of the best pitchers in baseball in Chris Archer. Archer struck out 11 Blue Jays and still didn't come away with the win. He was up 3-0 on them early, and it all fell apart.
The Jays came from behind, something they haven't done much of in 2017. They benefitted greatly from the fact that Kendrys Morales owns Chris Archer. Coming into the game, Morales had a .591 avg against Archer.
Ask any pitcher, even the top guys, they always have one guy they dread facing.
Morales homered twice and perhaps to illustrate just how terrible a place to play Tropicana Field is for the Blue Jays, Morales is the first Blue Jay to homer twice in the same game in Tampa. Being a division rival means they visited Tampa about a million times in a season (it really feels like they are perpetually there) so to have no Blue Jay, a team known for being a home run threat, to have hit two in one game there is rather astounding.
How far? According to Statcast, his homer off Archer's 95 MPH fastball went 409 feet into the right field stands with an exit velocity of 109.5 MPH.
Saturday's game is summed up pretty well by John Gibbons' face.
Whatever feelings of positive steps forward carried over from Friday's victory were chased away. Marco Estrada is one of the few bright spots in this young season and was coming off a great start against the Yankees where he contained the force of nature called Aaron Judge.
Marco Estrada laid an egg. He struck out six and seemed to be handling the Rays, but then it went terribly wrong.
I'm making t-shirts:
Zeke may or may not have hit an inside the park homer. Here is a creepy video describing the situation.
After the let down of Saturday (and frankly, of the season), one of the bright spots for the Jays' online community was the idea that Joe Biagini was going to get a start.
Biagini allowed an unearned run, two hits and struck out four over four innings in his first big league start. He did everything he needed to do. To Ben Nicholson-Smith:
Also pretty cool? Darwin Barney's go ahead homer in the 8th.
Here it is in GIFs by @ateDARYL
Everyone hanging out in the same dugout is very exciting. Troy is seriously not having any of this.