Richard Urena making strong first impression — Blue Jays notebook

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

Toronto will go for the series sweep against the Orioles on Wednesday at 7:07 p.m. ET.

The Orioles (71-74) fell three games below.500 for the first time since August 23, and they weren't able to take advantage of grittiest starting pitching performances of the season from right-hander Dylan Bundy, who despite holding the Blue Jays to one run over six innings, recorded his final out of the night down 1-0.

It was hard to miss the grimace of pain on the face of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin as he gingerly made his way toward first base after hitting a grounder in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 11. "The only difference here is that they have more control of where the pitches are going and I can put better swings on pitches around the zone and not all over the place the way it is in double-A".

Urena had a trio of singles on the night, extending his hit streak to five games.

"He's got a good, live, quick bat, he's getting strikes to hit and he's hit some breaking balls", manager John Gibbons said. "Just ready to go out there and hopefully I can just get back on it, like riding a bike". It looks like he belongs. "There's really no panic, he just looks like he's been playing here for a while". "If I can show that I'm back to my normal self, what I've done the last few years for these guys, maybe they'll want me back. Just wasn't able to do it [in the ninth], didn't repeat it when I went back out there".

"Really awesome", Maile said.

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The Blue Jays had the tying and go-ahead runs on first and second with one out in the eighth.

Russell Martin hasn't played in just over a month, but that will change after the Toronto Blue Jays brought their catcher off the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. "There's only a couple of weeks left".

Gausman will be making his sixth start of the season against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

Stroman will be trying for his first win since August 16.

He last faced the Orioles on September 2 when he was knocked out in the second inning after being hit on the right elbow with a line drive by Mark Trumbo.

He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts against Baltimore this season and 3-3 with a 4.29 ERA in nine career games (eight starts) vs. the Orioles. Stroman comes off of a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Tigers where he was charged with four runs on six hits and a walk over six frames.

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