That was a tidy little two game sweep in Milwaukee. Given that so much of the roster has been on the DL* and that the team had such a terrible April, it's miraculous that they somehow have very close to the same record as the two previous seasons.
*pour one out for Anthony Alford's wrist. Like Icarus flying too close to the sun, Alford was called up, got his first big league hit and broke his left wrist. You are officially a 2017 Blue Jay, kid.
Joe Biagini pitched with some guts in the first game. It wasn’t exactly pretty, but he toughed it out. He also got his first career RBI, so that’s something. Let’s go ahead and count that as the difference, as the Jays won by a run.
Kendrys Morales hit a towering bomb to straight away centre. According to Statcast, it went 447 feet (the second longest by a Jay this season.) It was also the seconded hardest hit homer, leaving the bat at 110.5 mph.
You said it, Gibby.
Biagini let the Brewers come back into it in the fifth, but Danny Barnes came in and pulled some RISP chestnuts out of the fire. After Villar and Thames pulled off a one out double steal of second and third, Barnes got Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw to strike out on a couple of well placed high fastballs.
"Guys [in the bullpen] are just kind of cutting their teeth a little bit. Some people would say, 'They're going to get worn out now,' but I honestly think it's going to help us later on as guys build confidence."
Or they'll all end up on the DL. It is the 2017 Blue Jays, after all.
Perhaps just to illustrate the maxim that "you can’t predict ball", the difference in the second game was a Ryan Goins grand slam.
"He was in a little bit of a rut, I think because he was playing so much that he was wearing down a little bit, " said John Gibbons. "But he picked it back up when we got here. Good for him. He needed it. He got some big hits and helped us win some games, that's for sure."
José Bautista, Devon Travis and Kevin Pillar also hit homers.
"This is a tough ballpark to pitch in. It really flies here," Gibbons said. "The guys have been hanging in there. They haven't been able to knock us out yet. We get some guys back [from the disabled list] and we'll see what we have in us."
José Bautista has been red hot.
Blake Murphy, for Vice Sports, breaks it down. He correctly points out that Bautista, since that controversial bat flip in Atlanta, has brought it.
A locked-in Bautista is a wonderful thing, especially wonderful after an April where he seemed so lost at the plate and some wondered if he was actually finished.
There are rumours that Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki may be back as soon as this weekend.
This team needs to see what they have in them.