With one swing of the bat, Josh Donaldson turned a tight duel into a blowout and sent the traditionally weak crowd at Camden Yards scampering toward the exits.
Donaldson hit his fourth profession grand slam, Steve Pearce homered in a 3rd successive game and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Monday night prior to 7,915 chilly fans.
Game time temperature level was 44 degrees, and a minor mist made the conditions much more unpleasant. That added to the lowest paid participation in the ballpark’s 27-year presence, breaking the previous record of 9.129 for Baltimore versus Tampa Bay on April 12, 2010.
There were no fans at a video game on April 29, 2015, when the Orioles hosted the Chicago White Sox in a closed stadium due to security concerns amidst civil unrest in Baltimore.
‘ Big lift’
In this one, the Blue Jays were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the ninth before Curtis Granderson drew a bases-loaded walk and Donaldson followed with a shot to center off rookie Nestor Cortes Jr.
” He’s done that sometimes since he’s been here. Two-run ballgame, that makes a big difference,” manager John Gibbons said. “That gives the team a substantial, big lift.”
On a raw night far better fit for football, Donaldson– a three-time All-Star– displayed mid-summer kind.
” It’s tough to hit anyhow, in general. The conditions definitely make it harder,” Donaldson said. “But we need to be expert about it and head out there and do our job.”
That’s certainly how the 34-year-old Pearce operates.
After getting his 500th career hit in the second inning, Pearce put Toronto up 2-0 in the third with a two-run shot off Dylan Bundy (0-1) on a 3-0 pitch. It marked the first time in his profession that Pearce, who’s had 3 separate stints with the Orioles, homered in 3 successive video games.
” He’s on a great little roll,” Gibbons stated.
‘ We just could not get that big knock’
J.A. Happ (2-1) struck out 9 in six innings, enabling one run and five hits. He was 0-3 against the Orioles last season.
Bundy quit 2 runs and 4 hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. The right-hander has a 1.35 PERIOD in 3 starts, yet stays winless.
” It was one error there,” Bundy stated of this trip, “but I gave up more runs than we had, so that’s baseball, I think.”
Manny Machado struck a third-inning homer for the Orioles, who went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12.
“We simply could not get that big knock,” manager Buck Showalter regreted.
Slugger Chris Davis, who’s off to a miserable start, cracked the bat over his knee after striking out in the sixth. He later was thrown out aiming to bunt against the shift throughout an 0-for-4 efficiency that reduced his batting average to.088.