Kevin Gausman flirts with no-no as Blue Jays beat Tampa 3-1

Kevin Gausman is a Blue Jay.
The 31-year-old righty threw 8 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball tonight as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Tampa Bay 3-1. Normally, the Blue Jays are on the losing side of these types of games with the Rays, especially when they’re playing at the Trop, so it was good to see one go their way.
In only his first year as a Blue Jay, Gausman has already had several memorable performances, and this one was one of his best. Gausman opened the game throwing five no-hit innings. Taylor Walls had the first base hit of the game for Tampa to lead off the bottom of the 6th, but it was immediately erased by a beautiful 4-6-3 double play that ended with a nice pick by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base.
One of the most impressive feats of the night for Gausman was finding his rhythm after a long first inning; he threw 27 pitches, which included walking Randy Arozarena and hitting Isaac Paredes with a pitch. Gausman responded by retiring 14 in a row, which was a huge positive considering some of the starts have featured the wheels coming off in the early innings (see home starts against Baltimore and Minneso …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Springer’s grand slam punctuates 10-3 Blue Jays win over St. Louis

George Springer is a Blue Jay.

The Jays lead-off hitter hit a 2-out grand slam in the 6th inning to bury the St. Louis Cardinals in the first of a two-game series with a 10-3 win. On a night where every Blue Jay in the lineup had a hit, the Jays offense picked up right where it left off from the Boston series, and won their 7th straight game.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 21st home run of the season in the 1st inning, a 2-run shot off of Cardinals starter Andre Pellante. The Jays tagged Pallante for three runs in the 1st, but he pitched his final three innings cleanly.
With one out in the 6th, Teoscar Hernandez laced a single into right center field. He was moved to third on a single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but Gurriel was tagged out trying to extend his hit to a double. It wasn’t the smartest decision by Gurriel, but it didn’t matter, because Matt Chapman drove Hernandez in with an RBI single.
After two-out walks by Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio, Springer sent the crowd into a fre …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation