27 July, 2017
The Toronto Blue Jays have been waiting for some of that late-inning magic that sparked them to the postseason the past two seasons.
With the win, the Blue Jays have won the first three games of the four-game set.
It is a third gain in as many games for the Jays since the beginning of the four series against the Athletics.
The home runs also marked just the second time the Jays have ever hit back-to-back home runs with the second one being a walk-off.
It was May 27, to be precise, the last time the Blue Jays right-handed starter picked up a 'W.' In his 10 starts since, Estrada has gone 0-5 with five no-decisions.
Heather Ogden, principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, threw out the first pitch wearing a red Blue Jays jersey paired with a pink tulle skirt and golden ballet slippers.
After Matt Joyce drew a two-out walk in the fifth, Marcus Semien connected on a 3-1 pitch and launched it into the left field bullpen, his third home run of the season and second in four games. "After 162 games if you're good enough you get in, if you're not you don't, it's pretty simple".
His cellar-dwelling outfit needs to go on some kind of a run over the remaining 61 games if it hopes to mount any sort of a serious challenge for a wildcard playoff berth.
Marco Estrada has spent the last three years in Toronto.
The blow lifted the A's in front 2-0.
"I feel like I battled". He would walk four batters, strike out four and allow two runs in five innings. "It's not me. I don't walk people".
I thought Oakland would get the upset on Wednesday, and they should have. The home run, it is what it is.
"It's tough because we've been having some short starts, so they've had to cover a lot of innings and usually that catches up with you". I do feel I took a step in the right direction, things are getting better and turned around.
For a Blue Jays club that finds itself in last place in the American League East, this comeback victory can be viewed as one of the bright spots in a season that has failed to live up to expectations.
He more than made up for that in the ninth, swatting his 18th dinger of the year to win it.
Morales, who struck just after Smoak, starts on the first ball to Casilla that he was propelled to the other side of the fence.
"I wasn't too sure", he said, speaking with the assistance of an interpreter. "It's just a matter of going out there and putting it all together".