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Blue Jays, nearing the end, take series from Orioles

In a long, and, at times, frivolously played series against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays clawed and limped their way to a relatively impressive series victory in their second-to-last series of the season.

Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this week’s series at Rogers Centre:

The Good

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Anthony Alford (2-for-6, 3 R, HR, RBI, BB, SB) was the hero in Tuesday’s 15-inning marathon, while Cavan Biggio (1-for-8, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 6(!) BB) and Billy McKinney (3-for-8, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB) were both productive. Rowdy Tellez (5-for-11, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB) exploded in the finale as well.

In the bullpen, Jason Adam (2.0 IP, H, 0 R/ER, BB, 3 SO, W) tossed a pair of solid frames, with Buddy Boshers (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 3 SO), Ken Giles (2.0 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 3 SO, SV), Elvis Luciano (2.0 IP, H, 0 R/ER, SO), and Ryan Tepera (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, SO) contributing nice outings. Jacob Waguespack (6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, W) was excellent in the finale, dropping his ERA to 4.38.

The Bad

Brandon Drury (2-for-13, R, HR, RBI, BB, 2 SO) continued to struggle, dropping his slash line to .219/.262(!)/.383, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2-for-14, R, RBI, 3 SO), Teoscar Hernandez (2-for-10, 2 SO), Danny Jansen (0-for-6, 0 TB, SO), and Breyvic Valera (1-for-9, RBI, SO) all faltered.

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Clay Buchholz (4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R/ER, 3 HR, HB, 3 BB, 4 SO) was rocked in his second straight start, with fellow hurlers Wilmer Font (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 HR, BB, 3 SO), Jordan Romano (2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, HR, HB, BB), Sam Gaviglio (1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, BB, 2 SO), Derek Law (0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, SO), and Thomas Pannone (2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, L) all getting roughed up as well. In continuing with the trend, Brock Stewart (0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, HR, HB, BB) was also demolished by the O’s offence.

The Weird

According to Blue Jays media associate Rodney Hiemstra on Twitter, Anthony Alford’s walk-off home run in the 15-inning of Tuesday’s game made him just the second player in history to hit a walk-off home run in the 15th inning or later as his first career home run, the other being Valmy Thomas of the Giants in 1957.

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Looking Ahead

In the final series of the season, the Blue Jays will welcome the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays (95-64) to town, where they’ll send T.J. Zeuch (1-1, 4.58 ERA, 16 SO), Trent Thornton (5-9, 5.00 ERA, 141 SO), and Clay Buchholz (1-5, 7.00 ERA, 33 SO) to the hill against three Rays hurlers that have yet to be announced.