Instead of a rabid, full house throng cheering on the troops, to say nothing of the aren fans of the Chicago Cubs jerseys, just 16,879 showed up last night to take in the action.
Perhaps the fans in these parts know a thing or two.
At least they can do the math.
With 20 games left in the season including last night the Jays jerseys will need a run of magical proportions to earn a sniff of the post season. Dickey mused how a 90 win season is usually what it takes to gain entry and if he is correct it would mean a 17 3 run to the finish line.
The gun went off for the start of that sprint last night and the Jays jerseys came out of the blocks like Usain Bolt as they downed the Cubbies 8 0.
Stroman came close to getting knocked out of the game on his second pitch a line drive that he somehow got his glove on then settled down to record the first complete game shutout of his career.
Overall he held the Cubbies to all of three singles, faced just two batters over the minimum and required all of 93 pitches to do so.
It was his third consecutive victory and upped his record to 10 5.
He certainly impressed the Cubs jerseys.
pitched a great game, Cubs jerseys third baseman Chris Valaika said. got ahead of us with a first pitch strike, which was huge. He had the leverage to go anywhere he wanted. If we swung early in the count, we didn put a lot of good swings on him early. He got some quick outs, which gave him a chance to pitch deep into the game like he did.
first time around he was getting ahead with his fastball. Later in the game, he started flipping that slider in (the strike zone). He had great stuff, great fastball command. He kept us off balance all game.
His ball was moving. He had everything working. We battled, but he had it tonight. said the key was his two seam, sinking fastball.
sinker was awesome, I threw a majority of sinkers today, he said. was able to locate it down pretty well and I kept the ball on the ground pretty well. he does that, good things follow.
allows me to work deep into games, Stroman said of its value. used to be a high pitch guy, go five innings, six innings, a ton of pitches and high punchouts (strikeouts) and now I feel I really learning how to pitch. Using that pitch I able to go deeper, keep the ball on the ground, get double plays when I need and I cheap baseball jerseys feel like I just starting to learn how to pitch. for the past two weeks Bautista has shown true leadership by virtue of what he has accomplished both on the field and particularly with his bat.
For the second consecutive game he smote a three run home run, this one coming in the fifth inning to up the lead to 5 0.
In the final week of August, Bautista homered in five consecutive games. Including last night he has slugged eight homers over his last 12 games.
That, folks, is clutch.
His homer Monday was also his 200th in a Jays jerseys uniform becoming the fifth player in club history to perform the deed.
As acrobatic as Stroman was to somehow get out of the way of cheap Chris Coghlan jersey heat seeking missile in the first, he followed up with a nifty fielding play for the second out of the third.
Following through to the first base side of the mound, Stroman was able to quickly reverse course on a chopper to the third base side of the mound. Fielding the ball on his backhand, Stroman then twirled and flipped a throw over to first to nail Logan Watkins for the out.