Sunday, May 27, 2018

Game #53 Toronto Blue Jays (25-28) @ Philadelphia Phillies (29-21) - game recap

Devon Travis was 2-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI as the Blue Jays defeated the Phillies 5-3 to take the series win.

The Blue Jays were looking to secure just their second series win this month, the first with the series beginning in April. The Blue Jays fielded a lineup where only starting pitcher JA Happ was batting above .300. Here is today's game recap

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the second as Devon Travis doubled home Russell Martin and Dwight Smith Jr.
  • Nick Pivetta pitching line: 5IP 4H 2R (both earned) 2BB 7K 86 pitches (71 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jay lead was doubled in the top of the 6th as Smith Jr. singled home Justin Smoak and Yangervis Solarte
  • The Phillies got on the board in the bottom of the 6th as Aaron Altherr singled home Maikel Franco and Carlos Santana
  • The next batter, Nick Williams singled home Altherr
  • JA Happ pitching line: 6.2IP 6H 3R (2 earned) 2BB 8K 100 pitches (63 for strikes)
  • Curtis Granderson added an insurance run with a solo HR in the 8th
  • Ryan Tepera picked up his 2nd save
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Phillies 3
My take

  • JA Happ was his usual  solid self. He mostly cruised through the first 5 innings, retiring nine of the first tend batters he faced. Happ's only stressful inning was the 6th when he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a couple of errors. Happ was 0-3 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts, and his average is still .333.
  • The bullpen looked good today. Seunghwan Oh retired all 4 batters he faced and Ryan Tepera faced the minimum number of batters thanks to a game-ending DP.
  • Devon Travis appears to be slowly heating up. He had a pair of hits and made some nice plays in the field
  • Kevin Pillar was snakebitten today as he was robbed of some hits thanks to some good Phillies defense.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays travel to Boston where they face the Red Sox at Fenway. Tomorrow's pitching match-up features ex-Jay David Price against Blue Jays righty Aaron Sanchez. Price beat the Blue Jays  with 5.1 innings of 2 hits ball 2 weeks ago. The Blue Jays will be looking to exact revenge tomorrow.