Update #2 (9:53 PM EST): For those who are still keeping tabs on this game, the top of the eighth inning just finished. The Jays have scored six runs, reducing their deficit to 8-6 against the Tigers. Following Carrera’s single to break up the no-hitter, the Jays singled twice more to knock in one run. Then, with Alex Wilson pitching in relief of Sanchez, Josh Donaldson singled to bring in two more runs. Wilson issued a walk and induced a pop-up before allowing a three-run double to Dioner Navarro. Bruce Rondon came in to relieve Wilson and uncorked a wild pitch before walking Justin Smoak to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. Rondon was able to get Kevin Pillar to pop up to end the inning.
Despite finishing four outs away from a no-hitter, Sanchez didn’t even qualify for a quality start. His final line: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
Update (9:28 PM EST): Sanchez lost his no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning when Blue Jays outfielder Ezequiel Carrera flared a single to left center.
We have another no-hit bid in progress. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has held the Blue Jays hitless through seven innings in Friday night’s game at Comerica Park. It’s a doubly impressive feat considering the Blue Jays own the best offense in baseball by far, averaging 5.44 runs per game entering Friday’s action.
The only blemishes on Sanchez’s line are a pair of walks. The first was drawn by Edwin Encarnacion to lead off the second inning and the second came with one out in the seventh inning. Sanchez has struck out four. The Tigers have backed Sanchez with seven runs, five of which came in the fourth inning.
Stay tuned as Sanchez attempts to complete the no-no. It would be the second of his career, as he also accomplished the feat on September 6, 2006 as a member of the Marlins against the Diamondbacks.
Despite it seeming like a pitcher flirts with a no-hitter once every couple of days, only two pitchers have actually closed the deal on a no-hitter this year: Chris Heston for the Giants and Max Scherzer for the Nationals.
The Mets came from behind to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in 11 innings tonight at Citi Field, snapping Toronto’s winning streak at 11 games.
The Blue Jays grabbed the early lead in this one when Jose Bautista connected for a long solo home run off Noah Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. The Mets didn’t get their first hit against Mark Buehrle until the fifth, but they grabbed the lead in the sixth on back-to-back RBI doubles from Juan Lagares and Ruben Tejada.
Asked to get a four-out save, Jeurys Familia struck out Josh Donaldson swinging to get out of jam in the top of the eighth inning, but he gave up a leadoff solo home run to Bautista in the ninth to tie things up. The Blue Jays took the lead on a sacrifice fly from Dioner Navarro in the top of the 11th, but the Mets got a rally going in the bottom of the inning after Ruben Tejada drew a one-out walk against Brett Cecil. Michael Cuddyer followed with a ground ball to second base, but Tejada evaded the tag long enough for him to reach first base. Lucas Duda then tied things up with a bloop hit to left field before Blue Jays manager John Gibbons brought in Liam Hendriks to face Wilmer Flores. However, Flores hit a single up the middle to score Duda for the walk-off win for New York.
Here’s the video of the walk-off hit:
By the way, Syndergaard, who was traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal, struck out a career-high 11 batters over his six innings of work.
Tonight was the first loss for the Blue Jays since June 2. The Mets have secured comeback victories in back-to-back days and now sit at 35-30 on the season, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals for first place in the National League East.
Dioner Navarro has played sparingly for the Blue Jays since being pushed into a backup role by Russell Martin and now the veteran catcher is headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
To replace him on the roster Toronto called up Josh Thole, who figures to fill the backup role–and probably catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey–for at least 2-3 weeks.
Martin was behind the plate for 13 of the Blue Jays’ first 15 games, with Navarro starting the other two games and also drawing five starts at designated hitter.
Arizona needs catching help and Dioner Navarro wants to be traded away from Toronto after being pushed to the bench by Russell Martin, so why isn’t there a natural fit between the two teams?
Navarro is owed $5 million this season and Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com:
We can’t take on another $5 million, so that’s not going to work for us. The money doesn’t fit.
Tuffy Gosewisch is slated to be the Diamondbacks’ starting catcher, with either Gerald Laird or Blake Lalli backing him up. FanGraphs rated that group as the worst catching situation in all of baseball, so if the Diamondbacks aren’t willing to spend another $5 million to add a solid, readily available veteran like Navarro that says a lot about their expectations this year.
As soon as the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal it seemed obvious that they’d try to find a new home for last year’s starting catcher, Dioner Navarro.
It hasn’t happened yet and the Blue Jays claim they’re willing to go forward with Navarro in a backup role, but the 31-year-old switch-hitter revealed to reporters today that he requested a trade “right away” in the wake of the Martin signing and is “disappointed” a deal hasn’t happened yet.
Navarro went on to say the right things about playing hard for the Blue Jays if they don’t trade him, but clearly he wants to go somewhere he can start regularly and plenty of teams could use him in a bigger role than he’ll receive with Martin getting top billing in Toronto.
Navarro hit .274 with 12 homers and a .712 OPS in 139 games last season and is owed $5 million for 2015.