The charging Toronto Blue Jays won their eleventh game in a row last night, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 to maintain their half game lead over the Yankees in first place in the American League East. The Jays became the first team in baseball to record two winning streaks of 11 games in the same season since the Cleveland Indians did so in 1954.
On July 28, Toronto was 50-51, in fourth place, eight games behind. Today they are 64-52. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki played his first game with the Blue Jays on July 29 after being acquired from the Colorado Rockies. In his first game with Toronto, he went 3-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI’s.
He has not kept up that pace at the plate but has handled 120 chances in the field without an error. At the plate, since joining the Jays, he is 12-52 with three homers and six RBI’s but, since he was activated and played his first game on July 29, the Jays have won 14 and lost 1.
David Price, acquired by Toronto from the Detroit Tigers on July 30, has had his part in the streak as well. In his two starts since coming over, he went eight innings against the Twins on August 3, giving up just one run on three hits and striking out 11 and, on August 8, shut out the Yankees for seven innings on just three hits and struck out seven. His ERA for two starts with the Jays is 0.60 and he has two wins. He was 9-4 with Detroit with a 2.53 ERA.
The Yankees are coming to Toronto tonight for a three game series. It will be interesting to see if Toronto can continue its winning ways. In Game 1, Price will face Ivan Nova, 4-4. Game 2 will see Marco Estrada, 10-6, against Masahiro Tanaka, 8-5, and Game 3 will pit Drew Hutchison, 11-2, against Yankee rookie, 21 year old, Luis Severino, 0-1, in his third start with a 2.45 ERA.
Toronto looks to have the pitching advantage and a sweep would put them
3 ½ games up.