Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Game #22 Boston Red Sox (17-5) @ Toronto Blue Jays (14-8) - game recap

Curtis Granderson was 3-5 at the plate, including a walk-off HR in the 10th and 3RBI. He also made a huge defensive play in the 9th to keep the game tied as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 4-3

The Red Sox and Blue Jays opened a three game series tonight at the Roger's Center. Both teams were looking to snap 2 game losing streaks. The series should be a good one. Here is today's recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd with Steve Pearce scoring on a fielder's choice hit by Kevin Pillar
  • Three batters later, Curtis Granderson hit a hard grounder that deflected off Rafael Devers into left field scoring Aledmys Diaz and Devon Travis
  • Boston got on the board in the top of the 6th on a Hanley Ramirez single that scored Brock Holt
  • JA Happ pitching line: 7IP 4H 1R (earned) 0BB 10K 97 pitches (63 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox got within one in the 9th on an Eduardo Nunez single that scored Ramirez
  • Two batters later, the game was tied as Holt singled to score Devers
  • Roberto Osuna had his first blown save of the season
  • Curtis Gramderson hit a walk-off home run with one out in the 10th 
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 Red Sox 3

My Take: 

  • JA Happ was terrific tonight. He allowed four base runners all game and the one run he allowed was on a bloop single. I honestly would have allowed Happ to start the 8th inning as he had a pretty quick 7th inning and he was still hitting 95MPH on the radar gun his final batter. Happ had 4 perfect 1-2-3 innings and threw 10 pitches or less the 1st 2 innings. He saved the bullpen for later in the series which could be huge if a starter falters this week.
  • Roberto Osuna had a tough night, blowing his first save of the night. Curtis Granderson saved his butt throwing out Eduardo Nunez for the 3rd out. Osuna threw a season-high 31 pitches in the inning.
  • Nice to see the Blue Jays walk it off in the 10th inning after blowing the lead in the 9th. Craig Kimbrel and Osuna are among the best closers in the game
  • Up next, the Blue Jays look to extend the Red Sox losing streak to 4 games as Aaron Sanchez takes the hill vs. Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodrguez