Bautista returns and Sanchez tosses seven scoreless innings in Blue Jays victory

The only other time when I had ever been to an MLB game, was the last game of the 2014 season, where the Blue Jays lost 1-0 to the Baltimore Orioles. Two years later, I’m back in Toronto, in the same building as I was in two years ago, but it was a completely different team. There were three major reasons to believe the Blue Jays would take the win last night. Number one was that they were facing the San Diego Padres, who had not only never played in Rocers Centre, but were second-last in their division at the time. Number two was the pitching. Sanchez, who had been on fire lately, would start (and go on to pitch seven innings). Number three was that Jose Bautista was returning from a toe injury, and it was going to be his first game back since the middle of June.

The first few innings were defensively minded and there were few hits, but then, in the bottom of the fourth, Michael Saunders hit a triple into the gap and was brought in on a deep sac fly by Tulowitzki to give the Jays a 1-0 lead heading into the 5th.

Right away in bottom five, Kevin Pillar doubled and was brought in by the atrocious fielder Devon Travis on a broken-bat double. Later in the inning, Josh Donaldson was up to bat with Bautista on first and Travis on second. Donaldson got a base hit into the gap, scoring Travis and bringing Bautista all the way to third. So the5th ended 3-0 for the Jays.

In the top of the 6th, with a runner on second, a Padre grounded the ball to the shortstop, where the man on second got caught in a rundown. Finally Josh Donaldson, at the time their third baseman, took matters into his own hands and chased the Padres runner from third to second, diving and tagging his foot before he could make it back.

After seven scoreless innings and only three hits allowed, Sanchez got a rest and Grilli came in as reliever. Unfortunately for Grilled Cheese, things didn’t go as planned. The Padres hit a two-run bomb to the top deck to change the then 4-0 score to a closer 4-2 contest. However, Grilli would be pulled for the incredible reliever in Osuna, who got the save.

Final score: Padres 2 – Blue Jays 4

Anyway, I’m Josh. And that’s the way I heard it.

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