Toronto rallies behind Berrios to upset Baltimore

The Toronto Blue Jays bounced back from a loss the day before with a strong performance from starter Jose Berrios.

Toronto defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Friday (July 15) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. With the win, the Jays improved to 38-31. Baltimore is 42-25.

Berrios was perfect on the day. The right-hander, who had previously gone 9-0 with a 2.92 ERA against Baltimore, went 7 2/3 innings with three hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

He utilized four pitches: a slurve that averaged 82 mph, a 93.9 mph sinker, a 94.3 mph four-seam slider, and an 83.9 mph changeup. His swinging strike rate wasn’t very high at 18% (6/34), but instead 25 balls crossed the strike zone and 36% of his pitches went for strikes. Of those 20 balls, only five were hard-hit with a bat speed of 95 mph or higher.

He didn’t walk a batter until he gave up a single to Austin Hayes in the top of the fifth, and he didn’t allow a hit until he gave up a single to Adley Lutzman in the top of the seventh. He didn’t strike out a ton of batters, but he induced a lot of ground balls and pitched efficiently.

While he didn’t get the win, he did enough to give his team a chance to win.

In the bottom of the eighth, he gave up singles to Adam Frazier and Ramon Urias to put runners on first and second with nobody out.

Unable to get out of a four-pitch jam, manager John Schneider pulled him and turned to the bullpen, where Tim Mayza got Gunnar Henderson to ground out to shortstop on a full count to get out of the jam.

Toronto batters couldn’t muster much offense. Opposing starter Kyle Bladish (seven innings, four runs, one hit, one walk, one strikeout) was solid. In the sixth inning, George Springer hit a solo home run over the left field fence to give the Jays a narrow lead.

Toronto’s offense came alive a bit more in the eighth inning, after the opposing starter was sent down. Leadoff hitter Kevin Kiermaier led off with an infield single and advanced to third on a stolen base and a walk, and Wes Merrifield followed with a double to center field.토토사이트

With runners on first and third, Springer’s grounder to shortstop resulted in a shortstop-base-catcher double play to put runners on second and third, but Beau Bissett drove in Springer with a double to left-center to make it 3-0.

Closer Jordan Romano gave up three straight hits with two outs. With the tying run at the plate, he struck out Adam Frazier on a swinging strikeout to end the game.

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