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Series 46: Tigers @ Blue Jays (Fri., Sat., Sun. Sept. 8 to 10, 2017)

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Place:   Rogers Centre   Toronto, ON

Fri. Sept.8
Starting Pitchers:    Marcus Stroman  RH (Jays)   11-6  3.08  ERA
                             Buck Farmer       RH (Tigers)  3-2   7.18  ERA
Time:                     7PM
TV/Radio:              Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Sat. Sept. 9
Starting Pitchers:   Brett Anderson    LH (Jays)     2-3   6.42  ERA
                            Chad Bell            LH (Tigers)   0-2   5.98  ERA
Time:                    1PM
TV/Radio:             Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Sun. Sept. 10
Starting Pitchers:   J.A.Happ            LH (Jays)     7-10  3.85  ERA
Time:                    1PM
Tv/Radio:              Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Source:  MLB.comtheStar.com


The lowly Detroit Tigers (58-80) play the not-as-lowly-but-still-lowly Toronto Blue Jays (64-76) in a three game series here at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

While this these two teams continue playing out their respective seasons mostly to salvage some pride, it is the Blue Jays with the slight better overall record. 

The Jays have not taken a series since the middle of August and have been 19 for 34 during that timespan to now.  They sport the A.L.'s worst batting average and second-worse slugging percentage.  Still, despite all of that, they carry a better w/l record than the Tigers do.

The Blue Jays have been slugging out the homers -- nine in four games -- and have employed the services of their expanded roster call-ups, and the youngsters have shown some of gumption in many areas.  There is nothing more exciting than for an up and comer to get the call to join the parent club & play in the major leagues.

From here on in, fans should not expect the Jays to hope for the WC as that is all but a foregone conclusion.  Everyone should enjoy, sit back, and cheer on the team.


Captain Canuck

Tigers take the first game 5-4.
Urena hit his first MLB homerun and made some nice plays in the field again. He could be the answer at shortstop should the injury bug continue to plague Tulo. Ideally he is the starting shortstop in Buffalo next year and the Jays call him up if needed, really want this kid getting regular playing time instead of riding the bench.


Tigers 4  Blue Jays 5

Kevin Pillar hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Jays the tie-breaking win.  Add to that his four hits,  plus Jays starter Brett Anderson whi earned his first win as a Jay, in going six innings in allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five in the process.  Relievers were Ramirez, Leone, & Tepera with the save despite allowing Detroit the two extra runs.

Not bad in a day's work.



Tigers 2  Blue Jays 8

It may be 'bye bye to the post-season for the Blue Jays, but to Teoscar Hernandez it was just another game to win. And how!

Hernandez hit two homers, drove in five runs and his enthusiasm alone was worth the price of admission.  As fellow teammate Darwin Barney put it, it simply felt good in what has become a sorry season in which the Jays are all but out of the playoffs:

"If you've been around the game for a while it's nice to see the wide-eyed look, the excitement," said veteran infielder Darwin Barney, who went 4 for 4 on the day. "It brings some energy to these games where maybe both teams aren't necessarily where they want to be. There's a lot to be played for right now for some people so it was fun to watch."

Yep, it's performances like thses that make these games fun to watch and give the fans something to cheer for, in an otherwise dreary season that has been this year.

Another big winner was Toronto starter J.A. Happ who pitched six innings allowing two runs (one earned) in striking out nine batters.

Sunny day, sunny win.  Sure feels good.