Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Game #55 Toronto Blue Jays (25-30) @ Boston Red Sox (38-17) - game recap

Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon was 3-4 at the plate with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored as the Blue Jays lost 8-3 to the Red Sox for the second straight game.

Game highlights:

  • The Red Sox took the lead in the bottom of the 1st as Mitch Moreland doubled home Xander Bogaerts
  • The next batter JD Martinez doubled to score Moreland
  • The Red Sox added to the lead in the bottom of the 2nd as Adam Benintendi doubled home Sandy Leon
  • The Blue Jays got on the board in the top of the 4th as Justin Smoak hit a solo HR to right
  • The Red Sox added one more in the bottom of the 4th as Jackie Bradley Jr. singled home Brock Holt
  • Marco Estrada pitching line: 3.2IP 7H 4R (all earned) 0BB 1K 63 pitches (37 for strikes)
  • Leon doubled home Rafael Devers in the bottom of the 6th
  • The Blue Jays got 2 back on a throwing error by Dustin Pedroia on a grounder hit by Curtis Granderson scoring Russell Martin and Kendrys Morales
  • Rick Porcello pitching line: 6.2IP 5H 3R (2 earned) 2BB 5K 96 pitches (66 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the 7th as Bogaerts hit a lead off solo HR
  • The Red Sox added 2 more in the bottom of the 8th as Leon hit a 2 run HR scoring Brock Holt
  • Final score: Red Sox 8 Blue Jays 3
My take:

  • One has to wonder if there is something physically wrong with Marco Estrada. He was pulled in the 4th inning after throwing just 63 pitches. The Red Sox scored 4 runs on 7 hits and four of those hits were extra base hits. The good news is Estrada kept the ball in the ball park, something that has been a problem for him. With the Blue Jays needing length out of their starters, Gibbons should have let Estrada work his way out of the jam he was in.
  • The enigma that is Joe Biagini continued to rear it's ugly head. He escaped a bases loaded jam in the 6th giving up just a single run.But he allowed a solo shot leading off the 7th and was promptly pulled. He and Danny Barnes allowed 4 runs on 5 hits combined.
  • The Blue Jays had their chances offensively, loading the bases in the 7th, scoring a pair to get within 2 at the time. They also loaded the bases in the 9th but Pillar struck out swinging and Solarte grounded into a force out to end the game
  • Kendrys Morales had another good night at the plate with a 2-3 effort 
  • Kevin Pillar had a forgetful night at the plate, 0-5 with 4 strikeouts.
  • Boston leads the majors with a 38-17 record, significant because 2 of the past 3 World Series Champs had that record
  • The Blue Jays were black and blue after today's game. Yangervis Solarte, Teoscar Hernandez and Russell Martin were all hit by pitches. Hernandez's hit by pitch looked the worse as he required medical attention but remained in the game.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays look to avoid being swept as Sam Gaviglio takes the mound against Red Sox southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez