In the absence of the thunder and lightning offence that earned them a comfortable lead in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays have resorted to a scratch and claw approach to maintain it. With nary a home run in sight, the Jays scraped together a meagre three-run attack that pitchers J.A. Happ, Dustin McGowan and Casey Janssen turned into more than enough for a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The victory salvaged a 2-2 weekend split and moved Toronto's record to 41-30 on the season. In their first 61 games, the Jays averaged 5.1 runs and 1.4 home runs per game with a .787 OPS -- a winning formula based on blunt-force trauma. In their last 10, however, they’ve averaged just over two runs and 0.6 homers per game and an OPS almost 200 points lower than before.
Who needs home runs? Small ball works wonders for Jays in win over O's
Toronto Sun | Jun 15