Four solo dingers power the Blue Jays to a win over Washington

That was nice and calming. For the first time in this young season, the Blue Jays didn’t have any bullpen-induced anxiety.

Things worth mentioning

  • Trent Thornton made his 2020 debut today and it was… a rollercoaster. All told, he went four innings and only allowed one run, but he certainly walked the tightrope. Thornton scattered eight hits and a couple of walks over his four innings of work and a few of those outs came on hard contact. It wasn’t ideal, but he got the job done. He also spent the game looking like he was sitting in a hot tub in between innings.

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  • All of Toronto’s offence on Monday night came via the home run. Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo dinger to lead off the game, Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen hit homers in the fourth inning, and Hernandez hit one out of the park again in the fifth. The team only managed three hits other than those four homers.

  • We also got to see Ryan Borucki make his first appearance in what felt like years. Borucki came out of the ‘pen throwing like a goddamn madman. Back in 2018, when he made his debut, we’d generally see Borucki sitting around 91 or 92 miles-per-hour with his fastball, but, out of the ‘pen on Monday, he was chucking it as high at 95. If you couple that with the slider/change combo, woof, the Jays might have some Andrew Miller-esque bullpen weapon there.

  • Beyond Borucki, the ‘pen was smooth sailing. A.J. Cole tossed a scoreless frame in between Thornton and Borucki, Jordan Romano came in and collected two outs after Borucki left a couple on base, Rafael Dolis had his smoothest inning, allowing just one walk, and Anthony Bass earned the save while surrendering just one hit. A nice change of pace after the games in Tampa.
  • Finally, on a more negative note, Vladdy had himself a pretty rough day at the plate. It’s a bad sign that him making hard contact and flying a ball to centre field is considered a win. Vladdy went 0-for-4 on the night with a couple of strikeouts and was noticeably pressing at the plate. He swung at some ugly pitches well outside the zone and managed to also swing through a meatball right down the middle. Not what you want to see.