Sunday, August 5, 2018

Game #111 Toronto Blue Jays (51-60) @ Seattle Mariners (64-48) - game recap

Nelson Cruz was 2-4 with 4 RBI and a run scored as the Mariners doubled up on the Blue Jays 6-3

The Blue Jays were looking to end the ten game road trip with a four game sweep of the Seattle Mariners. Heading into today's game, the Blue Jays had outscored the M's 19-6 and they got stellar pitching performances by Mike Hauschild, Ryan Borucki and Marco Estrada. Could Sam Gaviglio continue the great pitching? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Mariners took the lead in the bottom of the 4th as Nelson Cruz singled scoring Andrew Romine and Denard Span
  • The Blue Jays got on the board in the top of the 5th as Luke Maile singled home Aledmys Diaz
  • The Mariners added a run in the bottom of the 6th as Kyle Seagar homered to right-center
  • Sam Gaviglio pitching line: 5.2IP 7H 3R (all earned) 3BB 7K 89 pitches (56 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays tied it up in the top of the 7th as Diaz homered to left also scoring Yangervis Solarte
  • Mike Leake pitching line: 6.2IP 9H 3R (all earned) 0BB 5K 84 pitches (60 for strikes)
  • The Mariners retook the lead in the bottom of the 7th as Cruz hit a 2-run HR to left-center also scoring Jean Segura
  • A batter later, Kyle Seager homered to right for a 3-run lead
  • Mariners closer Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect ninth for his 41st save of the season- 9 away from 50 and his manager replicating his hairstyle
  • Final score: Mariners 6 Blue Jays 3
My Take

  • Sam Gaviglio had an okay outing, better than his last start. He start off great, retiring the first 5 batters he faced. Two of the walks he gave up came in his last inning when he was clearly tiring. Gaviglio's best moment was in the bottom of the 4th when he escaped a runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out jam without allowing a run.
  • Joe Biagini had a rough outing once again. He gave up 3 runs on 2 back to back HR in the 7th after the Blue Jays had tied it in the top of the inning. At the moment, I don't see Biagini being on the team next year or even in the majors.
  • On the positive side offensively, Aledmys Diaz was 3-4 at the plate and finished a triple shy of the cycle.
  • The Blue Jays finished the road trip 5-5
  • Up next, after an off-day tomorrow the Blue Jays begin the longest stretch between off-days (their next off-day after tomorrow will be August 23rd). They start things off facing the Red Sox, who have had the Blue Jays number this season to the tune of 10 wins in 13 games. Game 1 Tuesday sees Drew Pomeranz pitching against the enigmatic Marcus Stroman.