Monday, August 13, 2018

Game #118 Toronto Blue Jays (53-65) @ Kansas City Royals (36-82) - game recap

Royals DH drove in all three Royals runs this evening, including a 2-run HR as the Royals knocked off the struggling Blue Jays 3-1

It was an exciting day to be a Blue Jays fan as two highly touted prospects made their major league debuts tonight in pitcher Sean Reid Foley and catcher Danny Jansen. It was also my birthday game. Did I bring the team good luck today? How did our shiny rookies so tonight? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 1st as Devon Travis hit a solo HR to left
  • The Royals took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd as Ryan O'Hearn hit a 2 run HR to left-center also scoring Brett Phillips
  • The Royals extended the lead in the bottom of the 4th as Lucas Duda was forced in on a bases loaded walk by O'Hearn
  • Sean Reid-Foley pitching line: 5IP 6H 3R (all earned) 3BB 3K 97 pitches (62 for strikes)
  • Brad Keller pitching line: 7IP 4H 1R (earned) 2BB 4K 101 pitches (57 for strikes)
  • Final score: Royals 3 Blue Jays 1
My Take
  • Sean Reid-Foley had a pretty good outing for his first major league game. He definitely needs to work on his command. He missed the target badly a number of times. Here are a few quick stats from his first MLB game: first strikeout victim: Adalberto Mondesi to end the second inning. His first major league pitch was a called strike. The first hit he gave up was a single to leadoff man Whit Merrifield. The first home run and runs he gave up was to Ryan O'Hearn in the bottom of the second. The first batter he walked was Brett Phillips in the second inning. Finally the fastest pitch he threw tonight was 95.9MPH
  • Danny Hansen threw out his first career base runner trying to steal seconds, nabbing Rosell Herrera to end the 6th inning
  • The previous inning, Reid-Foley threw his first career wild pitch
  • Danny Jansen got his first career hit (a single) in the top of the 2nd and finished the night 2-3 at the plate. He was the only Blue Jay to have multiple hits tonight (his average is currently a team-best and unsustainable .667)
  • The bullpen is on a roll and was rock solid tonight, allowing one hit and walking 2 batters tonight
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to even the series as rookie phenom Ryan Borucki starts against Royals righty Heath Fellmyer. My bet is Danny Jansen will play his second straight game with AAA battery mate Borucki pitching