Following a two day lay off thanks to Covid-19 the Toronto Blue Jays went into “Hotlanta” to take on the Braves, and the first of three games was not pretty.

Game 1

For Jays fans, not much to be excited about this one. I even turned off my TV after the 7th. 

Matt Shoemaker started the game on 10 days of rest which seemed to be too many. 

Matt Adams got things started for the Braves in the second with a solo shot to centre.

Tyler Flowers followed up Adams with his own homerun for back to back shots to take the lead to 2-0.

Things were quiet until the fifth when Anthony Alford got the lone run for the Jays on a groundball single to left to score Vladimir Guerrero Jr. In the bottom half however, the braves turned it on. 

Freddie Freeman brought in Ronald Acuna on a fielder’s choice to start things off, while Austin Riley would hit a three run home run to left to extend the Braves lead to 6-1. That was it for Matt Shoemaker’s day who went 4.2 Innings, allowing six runs on six hits while walking two. 

In the bottom of the eighth, the Braves continued the onslaught. 

With Ender Inciarte on second, and Ronald Acuna on first, Dansby Swanson hit a two run double to left, who would score off the bat of Adam Duvall two batters later. 

Johan Camargo then scored in Duvall on his own double. 

One bright note from this game, Anthony Kay had a great day in relief going two innings allowing no hits while striking out three. 

Game 2 

Now this was the performance from Hyun-Jin Ryu we have all been waiting for.

After walking Acuna to start the game, he proceeded to settle down by picking him off and striking out the next two batters. 

In the second, we got to see the prayers to Jobu (watch Major League to get the reference) come through for Vladimir Guerrero Jr as he doubled to right and would eventually score off the bat of Danny Jansen on a sac fly to open the scoring 1-0 for the Jays. 

In the bottom of the second, Ryu continued to throw strikes after setting down Austin Riley and John Camargo on back to back strikeouts to close out the inning. 

In the bottom of the fourth, the dealing continued for Ryu as he struck out two more Braves batters. 

In the top of the fifth, the game winning run came off the bat of Cavan Biggio who was 1 for his last 22 at bats as he scored in Bo Bichette from second to take a 2-0 lead. 

In the fifth, Ryu had yet another two strikeouts before hitting the showers for the night Ryu through five innings allowed just one hit on eight strikeouts and three walks. 

The lone run for the Braves came off the bat of Adam Duvall who hit his second homer in as many nights for a solo bomb to right center. 

Following the last three losses, the Jays evened up the series 1-1 as Anthony Bass came in to close things as Ken Giles is still on the shelf.

Game 3

As the Leafs took on the Blue Jackets, many people had both the Jays and Leafs game on as top prospect Nate Pearson got the call for the day.

The day started off a bit shaky for the young right hander. Pearson walked Dansby Swanson, and gave Canadian Freddie Freeman a juicy pitch he for a ride to right center for an early 2-0 lead after the first inning.

Things somewhat settled down however as over next two innings he would strikeout 3 of his seven eventual batters. Command however seemed to be an ongoing issue for him today.

In the top of the fourth, Bo Bichette would get his first home run of the season with a lead off solo shot to trim the lead to one.

In the bottom of the fourth, Pearson gave up a lead off single to Marcell Ozuna who would advance to second following a wild pitch. Ozuna would then score off the bat of Adam Duvall to take a two run lead once again.

Pearson would only pitch to the bottom of the fifth as he struck out his final batter of the day. Pearson closed off the day with five innings of work, allowing three runs on two hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Overall a good line for the day for the youngster who seemed shaky throughout the day, not getting the control he needed to command his fastball.

The Jays would fight back to tie things up as Guerrero Jr would score in Lourdes Gurriel who was on third, and Teoscar Hernandez would pinch hit and score in Rowdy Tellez.

But all the hard work was for nothing as Nick Markakis, the man who opted back in to the season, would take Wilmer Font to right to close out the series for the Braves.

The Jays fall to 4-6 on the season.

Next up, the Jays will take on division rivals Boston Red Sox for a three game series.