Sunday, May 13, 2018

Game #41 Boston Red Sox (28-12) @ Toronto Blue Jays (21-20) - game recap

JD Martinez was 2-3 at the plate with 3 RBI and a run scored as the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 5-3 to take their second straight series win vs. Toronto

Happy Mother's day everyone. The Blue Jays play for some-one special today -- their mothers. The Red Sox and Blue Jays split the opening two games of this series. The Blue Jays can even the season series with a win. Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Sox took the lead courtesy of a 2-run HR by JD Martinez that also scored Andrew Benintendi
  • Boston extended the lead as Mitch Moreland walked to force in Jackie Bradley Jr.
  • Joe Biagini pitching line: 4.2IP 4H 4R (all earned) 3BB 3K 90 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • Martinez singled home Mookie Betts to extend the Red Sox lead to 4
  • The Blue Jays got on the board as Justin Smoak doubled home Teoscar Hernandez and Josh Donaldson
  • Drew Pomeranz pitching line: 4IP 5H 2R (both earned) 5BB 6K 103 pitches (57 for strikes)
  • Three batters later, Russell Martin singled home Justin Smoak
  • The Red Sox added an insurance run in the top of the 8th on a Xander Bogaerts ground out that scored Benintendi
  • Joe Kelly pitched the 9th for the save.
  • Final score: Red Sox 5 Blue Jays 3

My Take 

  • Neither starting pitcher made it through the 5th inning.For Joe Biagini, the 3rd inning was the trouble spot. He gave up one run on three walks and a single and threw 30 pitches. He was actually good in the first couple of innings, allowing just a 2 run opposite field shot. It might be time for the Blue Jays to use a different pitcher in a spot start situation. The Red Sox starter, Drew Pomeranz, was clearly not right physically. He appeared to be dealing with an issue with a blister or fingernail. He used his curve sparingly.
  • The Blue Jays best chance to tie might have been in the 5th inning. However, Kendrys Morales hit into a double play. In the bottom of the 7th Yangervis Solarte was thrown out at home trying to score from first on a Russell Martin double
  • A Happy mother's day to all JITH moms.
  • Up next, after an off-day tomorrow the Blue Jays travel to New York for a 2 game set vs. the Mets. The Blue Jays were 9-11 in interleague play last season and they did not play the Mets in 2017. The starters for Tuesday will be righty and ex-Blue Jay draft pick Noah Syndergaard against lefty Jaimie Garcia.