Happ has a quality start, striking out nine over seven innings
Lead by a quality start delivered by J.A. Happ; other notable happenings shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Teoscar Hernandez is looking better and better every day. Going two for three, with both being extra-base hits — a double and a home run — is a solid outing. Add a walk and a throw from deep in leftfield that demonstrated a cannon of an arm, and it’s clear the Blue Jays have a lot on a new starting outfielder. Now, while one may want to breathe a sigh of relief that Randal Grichuk had a two-hit day, it’s not time to celebrate him finally breaking .106 a month into the season. His hits were weak infield ground balls, and he just got lucky. He may be an excellent gentleman, but he’s not playing at a major league level right now.
I’d like to also call out Yangervis Solarte for continuing to shine in multiple ways. On top of a great day at the plate, I caught him in the top of the 9th teasing the Rangers players. When Teoscar almost threw out Isiah Kiner-Falefa at second base, Yangervis pointed at him and gave him the sign for “I’m watching you”. I think he really enjoys the Blue Jays beating the Rangers, and I do too.
Finally, I’ll call out Kevin Pillar who has the hottest bat on the Blue Jays, as he did to the start the season last year. He’s hoping that he manages to stay hot for just a little bit longer.