Thursday, July 11, 2024

Game #93 Toronto Blue Jays (43-50) @ San Franciscoo Giants (45-49) - game recap

 

Leo Jimenez drove in his first career run in a 5-3 win over the Giants

After a huge comeback win thanks to a huge 6-run lead in the 6th, the Blue Jays were going for their 2nd straight win, 10th series win, and 6 season series win of the season. Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Bo Bichette (calf injury) and Daulton Varsho (knee injury) were not in the lineup. Leo Jimenez was at SS and Davis Schneider was in LF. Kevin Kiermaier was in CF even though he was placed on unconditional waivers prior to the game. Could the Blue Jays make it 2 straight wins. 10 series wins and 6 season series wins? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st on a ground out by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that scored George Springer
  • A batter later, Spencer Horwitz scored on a sac fly by Justin Turner
  • A batter after that, Danny Jansen belted a solo jack to left
  • The Giants got a paiir back in the bottom half of the inning as Heliot Ramos hammered a 2-run bomb to left-center; also scoring Pattrick Bailey
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 4th as Leo Jimenez singled scoring Davis Schneider
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 5th as Horwitz hammered a solo jack to right and into the famous McCovey Cove water
  • Jordan Hicks pitching line: 4.1IP 8H 5R (all earned) 1BB 1K 88 pitches (55 for strikes)
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 7IP 6H 2R (both earned) 0BB 3K 98 pitches (66 for strikes)
  • The Giants Got one back in the bottom of the 9th as Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski drilled a solo jack to left
  • Chad Green got the last 3 outs for his 5th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays  5 Giants 3

My Take:

  • Kevin Gausman pitched 7 strong innings, giving up a pair of runs on 6 hits while walking none and striking out 3. He gave up 2 runs on a 2-run HR in the first inning and then settled down and retired 15 of the next 18 batters and the last 4 batters he faced. With a rare opportunity to reset the rotation with the all-star break, I would start Gausman 1st game after the break.
  • Chad Green gave up a solo HR and a walk - not great since he is the closer until Jordan Romano returns. Zack Pop retired every batter he faced
  • Offensively, the Blue Jays started strong with 3 runs in the 1st inning, capped by a Danny Jansen HR. They then added 2 insurance runs, a solo HR by Spencer Horwitz and Leo Jimenez's 1st careeer RBI
  • Every Blue Jays starter except Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Justin Turner had at least one hit and reached base at least once
  • The Blue Jays were 1-5 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays open the final series before the all-star break against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Blue Jays swept the season series last season, outscoring the Diamondbacks 19-9. Yariel Rodriguez starts against Diamondbacks righty Ryne Nelson

Game #93 Toronto Blue Jays (42-50) @ San Francisco (45-48)