Timely Hitting is the Missing Piece of 2-1 Loss to Mets

Christian Williams Drives in the Lone Rune of the Game for Dunedin

By Andrew Thriffiley / Dunedin Blue Jays | May 4, 2019 10:04 PM

The first Saturday home game for the Blue Jays also meant the first chance at a Jays Win, You Win sponsored by Cobb Theatres Countryside. RHP Nick Allgeyer started his first game at home this season, after having five road starts to begin the year. He entered the night with a 1.01 ERA. He continued his solid play with a clean first inning of two ground outs and a fly out.

In the bottom half of the first, Kevin Vicuna opened the Blue Jays up with a chopper over the third baseman for a single. He attempted to swipe second to get an early runner in scoring position, but he was cut down by the Mets Nick Meyer. A strikeout by Cal Stevenson and a fly out from Cullen Large would end the inning.

Nick Allgeyer went on to retire the first seven batters of the game and eight of the first run through the lineup. After giving up a double to Manny Rodriguez in the 3rd inning, Allgeyer made the second out with a fly out to Demi Orimoloye. In similar fashion to last night's game the Mets hit a two-run home run to take the lead 2-0. The Blue Jays would look for a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. A Demi Orimoloye single opened up the inning, and he found his way to second by way of a stolen base. Two batters later Samad Taylor drove a long fly ball to deep left field that was inches away from tying the ballgame at two all, but it was caught by Cody Bohanek to preserve the Mets lead.    

The Blue Jays found a groove on the mound after the early home run and Nick Allgeyer allowed just two more hits in his outing. The lefty finished his evening with six strikeouts and saw his ERA jump, but it still sits at a measly 1.38. It was the timely hitting that needed to come into play with two quick outs to begin the inning. Demi Orimoloye started things with a single the opposite way into right field for his second knock of the game. Norberto Obeso then followed behind with a single throw the middle of the infield. He stole second base to put two runners in scoring position with two outs. Samad Taylor had a chance to tie the game for the second time of the night, but he was unable to find a hole and the score stayed at 2-0.  

The Blue Jays would not go down quietly after being unable to put together an opportunity in the 6th through 8th innings. In the 9th inning still down 2-0 the Blue Jays looked to get their first walk-off win of the year. A Cullen Large single kicked off the inning after Cal Stevenson had struck out prior. Ryan Noda almost found a hole in the defense, but a lineout to Jacob Zanon in left field put Dunedin in a tough spot. The new Jay, Alejandro Kirk, singled past the shortstop for his first hit as a Blue Jay to keep the hopes alive. Christian Williams would keep things going with his second hit of the game to bring the Jays within 1 scoring Cullen Large. Demi Orimoloye came up trying to finish the comeback at Jack Russell Memorial stadium, but he worked a deep count eventually striking out to end the game.

A Sunday afternoon contest will conclude the series against the St. Lucie Mets trying to avoid the home sweep. The Blue Jays are still 3.5 games up in first place of the Daytona Tortugas. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Jack Russell Stadium.   

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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