Thursday, June 7, 2018

Game #62 Baltimore Orioles (19-42) @ Toronto Blue Jays (27-35) - game recap

Randal Grichuk was 3-4 at the plate and scored the tying run as the Blue Jays had a huge comeback win 5-4 over the Orioles in 10 innings

This could be a really important series for the Blue Jays in that if they drop this one or are swept, it could spell the end for John Gibbons. The Blue Jays have to take advantage of the next 7 games against weaker opponents. Next weekend, the Washington Nationals are in town, followed by the Atlanta Braves. Then the Blue Jays embark on a tough road trip where they will face Ohtani and the Angels followed by the uber tough Astros pitching staff. Here is today's game recap.

Game highlights

  • The Orioles took the lead in the top of the first as Trey Mancini scored on a sac fly by Manny Machado
  • The Jays tied it in the bottom of the 1st as Curtis Granderson leD off with a HR
  • Jaijme Garcia pitching line: 6IP 4H 1R (earned) 3BB 6K 91 pitches (57 for strikes)
  • The Orioles retook the lead in the top of the 7th on a solo HR by Austin Wynns
  • David Hess pitching line: 6IP 5H 1R (earned) 2BB 4K 99 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • Ex-Jay Danny Valencia extended the lead to 2 in the top of the 8th with his own solo shot
  • The next batter, Mark Trumbo hit one out into the Blue Jays bullpen
  • Randal Grichuk doubled home Aledmys Diaz and Luke Maile in the bottom of the 9th
  • Two batters later, Kevin Pillar hit a game-tying single that scored Grichuk
  • Aledmys Diaz hit the game-winning walk-off base hit scoring Teoscar Hernandez
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Orioles 4
My take

  • Jaime Garcia rebounded nicely after a rough outing his last start. He pitched 6 solid innings, allowing just one run on a sac fly. He struck out Chris Davis, always a potential threat, three times. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays gave him only one run to work with.
  • John Axford and Tyler Clippard allowed 3 HR between them.The Blue Jays used 5 relievers tonight. Hopefully JA Happ is on his game tomorrow.
  • What a terrific comeback by the Blue Jays tonight. Down by three runs, the Blue Jays scored three runs on three hits and a pair of walks off temporary closer Brad Brach. Zach Britton remains out with the Achilles injury he sustained in the off-season. The Blue Jays have struggled for so long offensively that this offensive output should do wonders for their confidence.
  • It's great to see Randal Grichuk and Kendrys Morales both starting to hit well. Morales is now batting .203 after tonight's 2-5 effort at the plate. Grichuk has a chance to surpass .150 tomorrow after collecting 3 hits in 4 AB tonight. All the hard work in the batting cage is starting to pay off for the struggling hitters. 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays look for their first multi-game winning streak since April 29-May 1 as ace JA Happ pitches against O's righty Andrew Cashner, who got the no-decision against the Blue Jays back on April 10. He threw 7 strong innings of 4-hit ball that day. Happ defeated the Orioles on April 9, allowing 1 run on 5 hits over 6 innings that day. Which pitcher will come out on top tomorrow? Stay tuned...