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Three issues: Alek Manoah has an off days as Jays kick off West Coast journey with a loss


Three issues it’s essential to know in regards to the Blue Jays’ 5-1 loss in Oakland on Monday:

Can’t actually blame ’em

The Blue Jays had no reply for soft-tossing lefty Cole Irvin, who stymied them over eight innings of four-hit baseball to drop his house ERA to 1.49 for the season.

Irvin retired the primary 11 batters he confronted earlier than Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled within the fourth inning. Alejandro Kirk adopted with a single for the Jays’ solely run.

The Jays had good cause to not be at their finest, having simply flown throughout the continent to Northern California to play a recreation with out a time off, after having performed 5 video games in 70 hours in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays. Additionally they, in fact, proceed to cope with an unimaginable tragedy.

Manoah’s worst

For the primary time this season, righty Alek Manoah gave up 5 runs in a recreation.

Three of them got here within the first, although solely two have been earned due to an terrible throw house by George Springer on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Vogt.

Solo house runs by Vogt and Ramon Laureano got here later, although the first-inning rally was all of the A’s would wind up needing.

The massive righty clearly didn’t have his finest stuff, averaging solely 92 miles per hour on a fastball that normally sits round 94, however nonetheless gutted out 52/3 innings, throwing 101 pitches.

Alek Manoah gave up five runs in a game for the first time this season, including on this Ramon Laureano solo home run, as the Jays lost 5-1.

Welcome, new man

Lefty Anthony Banda, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for money on Saturday, made his Jays debut, placing up a zero within the seventh inning.

He gave up a line single to Laureano round a few ground-ball outs, however the single was erased when Laureano tried to steal second base and Kirk would have none of it.

The Jays are hoping to unlock one thing in Banda, who lowered his season ERA to six.10 with the shutout body.

Mike Wilner is a Toronto-based baseball columnist for the Star and host of the baseball podcast “Deep Left Subject.” Comply with him on Twitter: @wilnerness

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