Power hitting is the norm for the Toronto Blue Jays.
When they add a quality pitching performance, the results are impressive.
Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers and Marcus Stroman went eight strong innings in the Blue Jays’ 10-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Donaldson’s homer off Patrick Corbin landed in the Chase Field swimming pool in the first inning. Encarnacion’s soaring shot off Daniel Hudson, projected at 471 feet, landed far down the walkway beyond the left field seats in the eighth.
“That was the loudest ball I’ve ever witnessed live in a stadium, by far,” Stroman said. “I was under (in the clubhouse) and I ran out and saw where it landed. It was pretty special. He’s the man.”
It was Encarnacion’s 26th home run of the season and ninth in his last eight games at Chase.
“I haven’t seen many like that,” manager John Gibbons said. “He rakes it in this place.”
Stroman (8-4) allowed a run and eight hits to help the Blue Jays sweep the two-game series. He bounced back from a rough outing in Oakland.
“I didn’t command the ball as good in Oakland,” he said. “Spinning pitches were left kind of more middle. I just had more action on my pitches today.”
Darwin Barney tripled in two runs and brought another home with a sacrifice fly for Toronto. Devon Travis had three hits, two of them doubles.
It was another power display for Toronto.
“We’ve always that. That’s kind of our trademark and you live and die with that,” Gibbons said. “We’re getting another guy back here Monday (Jose Bautista) that’s pretty good at doing that, too.”
Corbin (4-9) was tagged for six runs, five earned, on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings to fall to 0-7 at home.
But Arizona manager Chip Hale wasn’t all that critical.
“Early, he was not getting ahead in the count and obviously got hurt,” he said. “Left the ball out over the plate to Donaldson and he hit it out. Second, third, fourth innings, really got ahead in the count, threw a lot of first-pitch strikes and controlled the zone. I thought he really pitched well.”
Tuffy Gosewisch hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Arizona.
Corbin had thrown only five pitches and Toronto led 2-0.
Barney opened the game with a single, then Donaldson lined a 1-0 pitch for a splashdown into the pool beyond the fence in right, his 24th home run.
Donaldson ended Corbin’s day with two outs in the sixth with a shot that hit just below the home run line in the porch in left-centre field.
Arizona got its unearned run in the first when Jean Segura scored on right fielder Junior Lake’s errant throw to third.
BARNEY IN LEFT
Barney, an infielder by trade, made his first career start in left field and made two nice catches, one up against the wall.
“He’s a great athlete,” Gibbons said. “He catches fly balls all the time. Why can’t he catch them out there, too?”
Barney was inserted in the lineup after Michael Saunders left the team for personal reasons.
Gibbons said Saunders is expected back for Friday’s game in Toronto against Seattle.
Blue Jays: Bautista (turf toe) was to make his first rehab start Wednesday night for Class A Dunedin and play three rehab games for Triple-A Buffalo over the weekend. He could rejoin the Blue Jays on Monday.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (left oblique strain) said he threw hard for the first time while playing catch from 120 to 150 feet on Tuesday. Manager Chip Hale said Greinke could have bullpen workout in the next few days. C Welington Castillo, struck in the hand by a pitch on Monday night, was fine, Hale said. He was out of the lineup Wednesday but was available.
Blue Jays: Blue Jays have Thursday off and begin a nine-game homestand Friday night with a game against Seattle. RH Marco Estrada (5-3, 2.93 ERA) pitches for Toronto, LH James Paxton (2-4, 4.56) for Seattle.
Diamondbacks: Arizona takes Thursday off before embarking on a 10-game road trip. The Diamondbacks send RH Archie Bradley (3-5, 4.37 ERA) to the mound in Cincinnati against Reds RH Dan Straily (4-6, 4.07).
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