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Stroman let down defensively in 4-2 Blue Jays loss to Pittsburgh

August 12th, 2017 at 12:40 AM
By Sports Media 101

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Pirates 4 Blue Jays 2

In seven of nine innings tonight, Blue Jays pitchers faced the minimum (and for the most part, that meant Marcus Stroman, as he went eight innings). Five of those innings were clean, in two of them batters reached what were doubled off. An eighth inning had a two out single easily stranded. So eight really good innings. Unfortunately, that one other one was enough to sink the Jays against Pittsburgh (playing them for the first time in 39 months).

The 3rd inning started well enough, as the Jays took 1-0 lead and Stroman retired the first batter. He appeared to clip John Jaso with a sharp 1-2 slider that dove in towards his feet. And then things really went downhill.

Rob Refsnyder committed an error putting a second batter on, and then Stroman induced a sharp ground ball that was headed down the left field line. But Josh Donaldson made a great play to grab it with a dive, and made a strong throw to Refsnyder at second, who hastily tried to second it on first for an around-the-horn double play to keep the run off the board.

Not only did he not get the second out, in his haste his foot came nowhere close to touching …

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Tags: Andrew McCutchen, Blue Jays, Danny Barnes, Ezequiel Carrera, FanGraphs, George Kontos, Jameson Taillon, John Jaso, Jose Bautista, Josh Harrison, Kevin Pillar, Marcus Stroman, Pirates, Raffy Lopez, Rob Refsnyder, Ryan Goins, Trevor Williams

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