Track and field wear down Blue Jays, spoiling Semien’s return to Oakland


TORONTO – Josh Donaldson’s first trip to Oakland after the Athletics sent him to the Toronto Blue Jays was a big deal in the summer of 2015. There was a buzz at the O.co Coliseum as the worst stadium in the world. Baseball was known at the time, a huge media crowd awaited the all-star third baseman upon his arrival, and the grateful cheers of the crowd every time he came to the plate. A pair of doubles with an RBI for Donaldson contributed to a 7-1 victory.

Marcus Semien, barely 24 at the time and in his first full season as a daily shortstop, noticed the hustle and bustle and still remembers that day, as well as the return of Yoenis Cespedes this year. there, well.

“They were the two fan favorites of these teams. You’ve always heard of it, ”said Semien, acquired from the Chicago White Sox for Jeff Samardzija about two weeks after the Donaldson cast. “You talk to the A fans and they were really hurt losing Cespedes and Donaldson. I’m pretty sure Donaldson did some damage in this series as well. It’s something that everyone wants to do when they come back to their old team, have a good streak. It’s funny, you see guys getting booed, some getting cheered. It’s just part of the game. ”

Semien was one of the guys who got applause when he finished the lifecycle of a star athletics player on Monday by returning with a team willing to pay him market value. He had a quieter first night than Donaldson, but still saw 30 pitches while recovering a walk in the second, a basics-laden steal in the third, a single in the sixth and a strikeout with the tie in the second. of the eighth inning of a 5.-4 loss for the Blue Jays. Two throws before his flyout, Semien tore a fastball off the left field wall, a simple foot foul, a swing that almost wrote a whole different story.

Steven Matz provided five innings for a beaten pitcher’s stick, but also gave up all five in an outing where, in many ways, he topped the results. The damage came in back-to-back doubles to Matt Chapman and Jed Lowrie ahead of Stephen Piscotty’s homerun in third and a two-run homerun to Ramon Laureano in fifth that gave Oakland a 5-3 lead.

Even though he struck out six, he had runners in every heat, and his only step, a starting pass for Tony Kemp, preceded the kick-off. But he did enough to make sure Anthony Kay wouldn’t be needed, making him available to start Tuesday night.

As has been their way, the Blue Jays crushed this one. A five-hitting streak in six hitters in the third highlighted by Bo Bichette’s RBI single and a two-point single from Teoscar Hernandez off Frankie Montas.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., snatched a starting brace from Lou Trivino in the eighth and eventually scored on wild ground in Semien’s seven-shot strike. Joe Panik flew off shortly after to complete the frame.

The Blue Jays were without George Springer, who left Sunday’s game with what the club called quad fatigue, but sat down on Monday as part of what manager Charlie Montoyo called a day off. already planned ”. When asked if he could be available to pinch, Montoyo said it would depend on how his pre-game batting practice went, but added that his goal was to give the star outfielder a full day of rest.

A pinch moment came in the ninth when Danny Jansen arrived, but Springer remained on the bench in his hoodie as the catcher struck against Jake Diekman.


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