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Blue Jays pull off a commanding win in Taijuan Walker’s debut

That was probably the cleanest, easiest win of the Blue Jays’ season so far. We joke about “Never In Doubt” when they edge out a sketchy win, but, earnestly, we were never in doubt on Saturday night.

Things worth mentioning…

  • It all started with Taijuan Walker, who made his Blue Jays debut after being acquired from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. After missing the majority of the last two seasons due to injury, Walker has enjoyed a nice rebound so far in 2020, and, of course, the hope is that continues with Toronto as the team pushes for a playoff run. Walker came as advertised on Saturday, throwing the Orioles a fastball, sinker, cutter, splitter, and curveball combination. He worked with ease through six innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out four. The Orioles couldn’t manage to muster any hard contact off of Walker, as their hardest-hit ball off of him was a 92.0 mile-per-hour groundout off of the bat of Chance Sisco in the sixth inning.

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  • After Walker worked through six innings on 92 pitches, he turned the ball over to the bullpen. Ryan Borucki worked a scoreless frame, surrendering just one hit, which was a positive sign given the fact he had a couple of rough outings last week. Then A.J. Cole and Wilmer Font put up clean innings in the eighth and ninth to seal the deal. All told, the Jays allowed just five hits and three walks. That’ll play.
  • The Jays also managed to put up five runs on the Orioles without hitting a home run. In the first inning, Vlad Jr. capped off a two-out rally by smashing a single to drive in Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar Hernandez, who were standing on second and third after the Orioles booted the ball around. In the fifth, the Jays popped off for a three-run rally, again thanks partially to Baltimore’s awful defence. Derek Fisher grounded into what could have been a double-play, but they dropped the ball on the transfer at second base. Shortly after, Joe Panik doubled and Cavan Biggio hit a two-out, two-run single. It’s so, so nice watching the other team be the one to fuck up in the field.
  • Vlad Jr. extended his 10-game hitting streak with a couple of singles (one of which was drilled 115.8 mph). Over that streak, Vlad is slashing .351/.429/.676 with five walks and four strikeouts. I think it’s safe to say he’s come around at the plate.