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 recognized 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, seen the fuss and nonetheless remembers that day, together with the return of Yoenis Cespedes that 12 months, effectively.
“These have been the 2 fan favourites on these groups. You all the time 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 and so they have been actually harm by dropping Cespedes and Donaldson. I am fairly positive Donaldson did some injury in that collection, too. That is one thing everybody needs to do once they come again to their outdated crew, have a very good collection.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 bought cheered when he accomplished the lifecycle of an Athletics star participant Monday by returning with a crew prepared to pay him market worth. He had a quieter first night time again than Donaldson, however nonetheless noticed 30 pitches whereas gathering 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 toes foul, a swing that just about wrote a far totally different story.
Steven Matz supplied 5 innings for a beat-up pitching employees 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.
At the same time as 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 obtainable to begin Tuesday night time.
As has been their method, 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 finally scored on a wild pitch throughout Semien’s seven-pitch strikeout. Joe Panik flew out quickly after to finish the body.
The Blue Jays have been with out George Springer, who left Sunday’s sport with what the membership referred to as quad fatigue however sat Monday as a part of what supervisor Charlie Montoyo referred to as an “already deliberate” relaxation day. Requested if he may be obtainable to pinch hit, Montoyo mentioned that might depend upon how his pre-game batting observe went, however added his purpose was to provide 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 towards Jake Diekman.