Last night’s game in Houston was as much of a team effort for the Blue Jays as they’ve had all season. Going up against the reigning World Series champion Astros, the Blue Jays were in tough against arguably the best team in baseball.
Toronto had a few things going for them in yesterday’s impressive 6-3 win over Houston. The first, was that their ace, J.A. Happ was on the mound. And the second, was they knew all too well who their competition was, and if they brought anything less than their A-game, they’d stand little chance of competing. Whether it be Happ’s solid 6-innings of work…the shutdown performance by the bullpen…or the offense touching up Justin Verlander for more runs (4) than he’s given up all year, the Blue Jays couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.
A few players in particular stood out for the Blue Jays. Curtis Granderson who played with Verlander for 5-years in Detroit managed to touch-up his old teammate for two home runs. Meanwhile, Teoscar Hernandez, playing his first game in Houston since being traded by the Astros last July ended up going an impressive 3 for 5.
Whether it be Granderson getting the best of Verlander, or Hernandez stepping-up against the club that traded him away, plenty of Blue Jays have a little added motivation when playing against the stacked Astros. None of them however seemed more motivated to play their very best than Randal Grichuk, a native of Rosenberg, Texas…located just 35 miles south-west of Minute Maid Park.
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If Grichuk’s 471 ft home run in the 8th-inning wasn’t impressive enough, he then followed it up with a game saving-home run robbing catch in the bottom of the 9th. With the Blue Jays up 6-3, and the Astros with runners on 1st and 2nd, George Springer smoked a long fly ball to right field that looked destined for the seats. Grichuk however was able to quickly get back to the wall, time his jump perfectly, and make one of the better catches you’ll ever see. Grichuk’s catch preserved Toronto’s 3-run lead and Seunghwan Oh then proceeded to strikeout Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve for the final two outs of the game. A game where the Blue Jays surely played some of their best baseball of the season, while at the same time possibly waking the sleeping giant that is the Houston Astros.