Red Sox DH JD Martinez hit the go-ahead 3-run HR in the 10th inning as the Red Sox knocked off the Blue Jays 10-7 in a game where both teams had trouble with late leads
- The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd as Devon Travis launched a 2-run bomb into the second deck in left-center also scoring Randal Grichuk
- The Red Sox got one back in the top of the 4th as JD Martinez singled home Andrew Benintendi
- Drew Pomeranz pitching line: 4.2IP 4H 2R (both earned) 5BB 1K 84 pitches (44 for strikes)
- The Blue Jays extended the lead in the bottom of the 7th as Travis sure on a sac fly by Teoscar Hernandez
- Marcus Stroman pitching line: 7IP 2H 1R (unearned) 3BB 4K 92 pitches (53 for strikes)
- The Red Sox got one back in the top of the 8th as Sandy Leon scored on a fielder's choice hit by Mitch Moreland
- A batter later, the Red Sox took the lead on a three run blast into the upper deck by JD Martinez that scored Mookie Betts and Moreland
- The Blue Jays tied it on a solo shot to right by Justin Smoak in the bottom of the 9th
- The Red Sox took the lead in the top of the 10th as Moreland launched a three run HR to right-center also scoring Benintendi and Betts
- Three batters later, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two run shot to right-center that also scored Xander Bogaerts
- The Blue Jays got a pair back in the bottom half of the inning as Kevin Pillar hit a no-doubter to left that also scored Yangervis Solarte
- Final score: Red Sox 10 Blue Jays 7
- Marcus Stroman deserve far better this game but the inept Blue Jays bullpen let him down tonight. Stroman threw seven strong innings, throwing a 2-hitter and walking three other batters. Unfortunately, a blister prevented him from throwing the 8th inning. I'm sure his finger will be monitored closely over the next 5 days to determine if he can make his next start. The good news is fellow starter Aaron Sanchez is set to begin a rehab assignment of 2-3 starts before rejoining the rotation towards the end of August.
- The game was lost by three key plays tonight. Ryan Tepera blew the lead in the 8th inning, allowing a three-run blast to the likely AL MVP JD Martinez, who might have been the best off-season signing of 2018. The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom of the 9th, only to see new closer Ken Giles implode in the 10th in a non-save situation to the tune of 5 runs (a 3-run bomb and a 2-run jack), 4 hits and a walk. The loss ran Giles record to 0-3 on the season. I'm not quite convinced on the new Blue Jays reliever. Time will tell if he is better as a closer than Tyler Clippard/Tepera. BTW, Clippard pitched a perfect 9th with 2 strikeouts to give the Blue Jays the opportunity to tie.
- From all of us at JITH, let's wish Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy a speedy recovery from cancer. He has been diagnosed for the sixth time after beating the disease on five previous occasions. I have a lot of empathy for anyone going through the disease, having lost several family members on both sides to cancer.
- For the first time in a while, the entire starting lineup had at least one hit.
- The Blue Jays had their chances tonight and finished 1-6 with runners in scoring position. Had they driven in a few more of those stranded runners, we might be looking at a different result
- Up next, the Blue Jays try to put this one behind them and tie the three game series as Mike Hauschild, who threw 6 shutout innings in the game I saw in Seattle last Thursday, goes up against Red Sox lefty Brian Johnson