Tellez leads Blue Jays to breakout night against Hess, Orioles

BALTIMORE – The thing that’s been most stupefying about the Toronto Blue Jays’ ongoing offensive woes is that not only are the game’s better arms stuffing them at the plate, so too are the guys you’re supposed to damage against. You know, pitchers with ERAs like 7.08. Pitchers like David Hess.

You may remember the Baltimore Orioles right-hander from such outings as April 1 at Rogers Centre, when he threw 6.1 no-hit innings, allowing only one walk with eight strikeouts, before being pulled because of pitch-count limitations.

Between that outing and the return engagement Wednesday night, Hess allowed 50 runs, 45 earned, in 46.2 innings over 10 starts. Only once did the Orioles win a game he started. This had breakout night written all over it for the Blue Jays.

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Yet, through the first 2.2 innings, they were still hitless against Hess. Broken up by two months, sure, but that made for a full nine innings of no-no versus the Blue Jays. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., promptly put an end to that with a groundball through the 3-4 hole in between walks to Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., that loaded the bases, but Hess found a way out, catching Randal Grichuk looking to end the frame.

Eventually, though, reality corrected, both for the Blue Jays and Hess, a six-run outburst in the fifth matching their most productive output in an inning this season, paving the way to an 8-6 victory that ended a five-game losing streak.

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