Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Game #113 Boston Red Sox (81-34) @ Toronto Blue Jays (51-62) - game recap

Xander Bogaerts had 3 RBI and a run scored as the Red Sox doubled up on the Blue Jays 10-5

After a difficult game last night, where the Blue Jays blew a 3 run lead, tied the game and allowed 5 runs in the 10th, the Blue Jays were looking for a strong pitching performance from Mike Hauschild, who threw six shutout innings in Seattle. He needed to have his best stuff against this potent Red Sox lineup. Could the Blue Jays prevail tonight? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Red Sox took the lead in the top of the 3rd as Rafael Devers scored on a sac fly hit by Andrew Benntendi
  • A batter later, Mitch Moreland doubled to score Sandy Leon and Mookie Betts
  • Two batters later, Xander Bogaerts hit a sac fly scoring Moreland
  • Mike Hauschild pitching line: 2.1IP 3H 4R (all earned) 3BB 0K 51 pitches (26 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox added a run in the top of the 5th as Betts was forced in by a bases loaded walk
  • The Red Sox added two more runs in the top of the 6th as Devers hit a 2 run HR to right-center also scoring Eduardo Nunez
  • The Blue Jays got on the board in the bottom of the 6th as Teoscar Hernandez hit a 2 run shot to left-center that also scored Justin Smoak
  • The Red Sox got one back in the top of the 7th as Bogaerts doubled home JD Martinez
  • The Blue Jays got 3 runs closer in the bottom of the 7th courtesy of a 3 run HR by Randal Grichuk also scoring Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar
  • The Red Sox added a run in the top of the 8th as Martinez singled scoring Leon
  • Two batters later, Benintendi scored on a wild pitch by Joe Biagini
  • Final score: Red Sox 10 Blue Jays 5
My Take

  • The magic Mike Hauschild had in Seattle last week at my first MLB game did not materialize. Facing a far superior lineup tonight that is comparable to the 1998 Yankees lineup and Seattle's 2001 lineup, Hauschild was lit up for 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks and a hit batter. He did not strike out anybody and did not get out of the 3rd inning tonight. I still think he deserves another chance in a few days, perhaps in a long man's role like in Seattle.
  • One positive from tonight was Jaime Garcia had a clean inning.
  • Justin Smoak continues to swing a hot Bay. He was 3 for 4 and raised his average to .260
  • The Blue Jays used 6 pitchers today. They'll needs a few staters to go deep in the game or they may be using a position player to pitch.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to avoid the series sweep as Ryan Borucki pitches against 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello.