The Toronto Blue Jays have extended their incredible winning streak to 11 games with a 13-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles today in Toronto. The win tied the franchises longest winning streak in its history. This is the third time the team has gone on an 11 game win streak, the other two times coming in 1987 and 1998 respectively.
The offense was on fire today as the team put up 13 runs. That enabled them to win despite a less than quality start from starter Josh Johnson.
Pitching continues to struggle for the Blue Jays, making it all the more impressive that they have been able to sustain this level of success. Today’s pitching gave up two home runs to Baltimore Oriole Ryan Flaherty in the process of allowing five runs on 11 hits along with committing one error.
Offense started in a strange fashion for the Blue Jays today, perhaps an omen of things to come in their eleventh straight win against the Orioles. With the bases loaded in the bottom half of the first inning, J.P. Arencibi was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run of the game.
Edwin Encarnacion lead the way for the Blue Jays offense today in the effort that extended the winning streak to 11 and beat the Orioles to complete a sweep in the series. He connected on his 21st home run of the season and drove in four runs total in the game. His home run occurred in the third inning with two men on base, Emilo Bonafacio reached with a bunt single, and Jose Bautista walked before Encarnacion knocked the ball out of the park.
A five run third inning broke the game open by making it 9-0 before the Orioles even knew what hit them.
Despite a less than stellar outing, starter Josh Johnson was able to pick up his first win of the season as a result of the offensive explosion today. He pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in the process. The Blue Jays as a team struck out just seven men in today’s game. It was the eighth start of the season for Johnson, and just the third time he has factored in the decision this year.
The Blue Jays will look to continue their winning ways on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays, a win will break their franchise record winning streak, which is currently set at 11.
The Blue Jays 11 game win streak, on top of a sweep of the Orioles, has salvaged their season. Although they are just a half game above the bottom of the American League East, they are just five games out of first place in the division as well. A competitive division top to bottom, they are now in a decent position to make a run at the crown. Playoffs didn’t look like a possibility a few weeks ago, but if this level of offensive play can sustain itself they have a shot to make noise yet this season.
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