Santiago Casilla blows save in ninth, as the Blue Jays Morales win in a walk off 3-2

July 26, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

by Jerry Feitelberg

Toronto- The Oakland A’s did everything almost right Wednesday night in Toronto. The A’s starter, Paul Blackburn, pitched extremely well. The A’s, mired in a team slump, managed to give Blackburn a 2-0 lead. Blake Treinen did his job and kept Toronto off the board. However, Santiago Casilla did not do the job as he blew the save and took the loss as the Blue Jays rallied to score three times in the bottom of the ninth to send 41,000 fans home very happy as they won 3-2.

Blackburn and Jays’ starter Marco Estrada were engaged in a pitcher’s duel. Estrada’s effort was good but not good enough. Estrada went just five innings and allowed three hits and two runs. Estrada threw 100 pitches in just 5 innings of work. The A’s scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the fifth. With two out, Estrada walked Matt Joyce. Marcus Semien followed with his third homer of the year to put the A’s on the board. Blackburn, on the other hand, went seven innings and allowed no runs and just two hits.

Blake Treinen pitched the eighth and gave up just one knock. Casilla, who had a bad year with the Giants last season and was hoping to redeem himself this year with Oakland, came out of the bullpen to start the ninth. He had a count of 1-2 on Josh Donaldson to start the inning. He threw the next three pitches way out of the strike zone to walk Donaldson. He violated one of the unwritten rules of baseball. Don’t walk the leadoff hitter to start the ninth inning. Casilla walked the plank when the next batter, Justin Smoak, sent a 93 mph fastball into the second tier of seats in right field. That blast tied the game. The next hitter, Kendrys Morales, wasted no time as he sent another one of Casilla’s offerings out of the park to win it for Toronto.

Game notes- The Toronto bullpen performed well for the third game in a row. The A’s did not record a hit after the fifth inning, and that effort kept Toronto in the game.  The line score for Oakland was two runs on three hits and no errors. Toronto’s line was three runs on five hits and no errors.

The A’s are now 1-5 on the seven-game road trip. They play the finale Thursday morning at 9:35 am. Bob Melvin has named Sean Manaea to pitch for Oakland. Manaea is 8-5 and has an ERA of 3.82. Toronto will send their ace, Marcus Stroman, to the hill. Stroman’s record is 9-5, and his ERA is a sparkling 2.98.

Had the A’s won, it would have been Bob Melvin’s 1000th win as a big league manager. Hopefully, the A’s will avoid getting swept on Thursday and Melvin will achieve that milestone.

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