TORONTO – Josh Donaldson’s first journey again to Oakland after the Athletics dealt him to the Toronto Blue Jays was a giant deal in the summertime of 2015. There was a buzz on the O.co Coliseum, as baseball’s worst stadium was identified then, an enormous throng of media ready for the star third baseman as he arrived, and grateful cheers from the gang every time he got here to the plate. A pair of doubles with an RBI for Donaldson helped ship a 7-1 victory.
Marcus Semien, simply 24 on the time and in his first full season as an on a regular basis shortstop, observed the fuss and nonetheless remembers that day, together with the return of Yoenis Cespedes that yr, effectively.
“These had been the 2 fan favourites on these groups. You at all times heard about it,” mentioned Semien, acquired from the Chicago White Sox for Jeff Samardzija about two weeks after Donaldson was dealt. “You discuss to A’s followers they usually had been actually damage by shedding Cespedes and Donaldson. I am fairly certain Donaldson did some injury in that collection, too. That is one thing everybody needs to do after they come again to their previous workforce, have collection. It is humorous, you see some guys get booed, some guys get cheered. It is simply a part of the sport.”
Semien was one of many guys who acquired cheered when he accomplished the lifecycle of an Athletics star participant Monday by returning with a workforce keen to pay him market worth. He had a quieter first night time again than Donaldson, however nonetheless noticed 30 pitches whereas amassing a stroll within the second, bases-loaded flyout within the third, single within the sixth and strikeout with the tying run at second within the eighth inning of a 5-4 Blue Jays loss. Two pitches earlier than his flyout, Semien ripped a fastball over the left-field wall mere ft foul, a swing that almost wrote a far totally different story.
Steven Matz offered 5 innings for a beat-up pitching workers but additionally gave up all 5 runs in an outing the place in some ways he outpitched the outcomes. The injury got here on consecutive doubles to Matt Chapman and Jed Lowrie forward of Stephen Piscotty’s homer within the third, and a two-run homer to Ramon Laureano within the fifth that put Oakland up 5-3.
Whilst he struck out six, he had runners on each inning, and his lone stroll, a leadoff go to Tony Kemp, preceded the go-ahead dwelling run. However he did sufficient to make sure Anthony Kay wouldn’t be wanted, making him accessible to begin Tuesday night time.
As has been their means, the Blue Jays grinded this one out. A string of 5 hits in six batters within the third highlighted by Bo Bichette’s RBI single and a two-run single by Teoscar Hernandez off Frankie Montas.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., ripped a leadoff double off Lou Trivino within the eighth and ultimately scored on a wild pitch throughout Semien’s seven-pitch strikeout. Joe Panik flew out quickly after to finish the body.
The Blue Jays had been with out George Springer, who left Sunday’s recreation with what the membership known as quad fatigue however sat Monday as a part of what supervisor Charlie Montoyo known as an “already deliberate” relaxation day. Requested if he could be accessible to pinch hit, Montoyo mentioned that might rely on how his pre-game batting follow went, however added his objective was to offer the star outfielder a full day of relaxation.
A pinch-hit second arose within the ninth when Danny Jansen got here up, however Springer remained on the bench in his hoodie because the catcher struck out in opposition to Jake Diekman.