Friday, May 11, 2018

Game #39 Boston Red Sox (26-12) @ Toronto Blue Jays (21-18) - game recap

Luke Maile hit the game-tying and game-winning home runs as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 5-3 in 12 innings tonight 

After a difficult three game series vs. the Mariners where either the pitching and/or the offence sputtered, the Blue Jays started a three game set tonight vs the Bosox. They were facing ace Chris Sale tonight, who went six innings vs. the Blue Jays in April. Could the Blue Jays prevail tonight? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the top of the 1st on a JD Martinez ground out that scored Mookie Betts
  • The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom of the inning as Josh Donaldson singled home Teoscar Hernandez
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd as Luke Maile singled home Kendrys Morales
  • The Red Sox tied it up in the top of the 4th on a lead-off Xander Bogaerts HR
  • Four batters later, in a comedy of errors, the Red Sox took the lead. Sandy Leon struck out and Maile was unable to receive the pitch cleanly and threw the ball down the 3rd base. By the time Hernandez got the ball back to the infield, Brock Holt had scored from first and Leon was on third.
  • Nice play by the defense throwing out Hanley Ramirez at the plate in the top of the 4th
  • Aaron Sanchez pitching line: 5IP 5H 3R (2 earned) 3BB 4K 96 pitches (60 for strikes)
  • Maile tied it in the bottom of the 8th with a solo HR 
  • Chris Sale pitching line: 9IP 6H 3R (all earned) 0BB 15K 116 pitches (85 for strikes)
  • Maile hit a walk-off two run HR that also scored Curtis Granderson in the bottom of the 12th
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Red Sox 3

My Take:

  • Key play in the top of the 4th: Hanley Ramirez tried to score from first base on a JD Martinez double. The Blue Jays threw Ramirez out as Kevin Pillar relayed to Lourdes Gurriel Jr who hit Luke Maile with a strike to home. The call on the field (out) was upheld on the challenge by the Red Sox, keeping the score 2-1 in favor of the Blue Jays. Had the call been overturned the score would have been tied with 2 out and a runner one 2nd or 3rd.
  • Key play in the bottom of the 9th: Kevin Pillar was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double into a triple. This was a pretty poor base running play as it meant there were 2 outs instead of Pillar on second with 2 chances to win it. The call on the field (out) was upheld after a Blue Jay challenge.
  • Key play in the top of the 10th: Mookie Betts stole 2nd base after the call was overturned by the umpires. Luckily the Blue Jays were able to get out of the inning unscathed.
  • After 9 innings, the Blue Jays had used 5 pitchers and the Red Sox had used just one. Once again, the Blue Jays starter failed to pitch more than 5 innings. With Marco Estrada and Joe Biagini pitching the next two games, more than likely the bullpen will be overworked this weekend. On the other hand, the Red Sox bullpen is rested having used just 4 pitchers tonight.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays face former teammate David Price with Marco Estrada taking the ball for the Blue Jays