Saturday, September 8, 2018

Game #142 Cleveland Indians (81-61) @ Toronto Blue Jays (64-78) - game recap

Indians catcher Roberto Perez was 2-4 with 4RBI and a pair of runs scored as the Indians edged the Blue Jays 9-8

The Indians took the first game of the series and the Blue Jays took the second game of the series. Who will take the series lead? Sean Reid-Foley was looking to repeat his stellar performance from last game where he went seven strong innings against a young, upstart Atlanta Braves lineup. Today, he faced a more veteran lineup =that made the playoffs weeks ago and really had no competition from their AL Central opponents. Rowdy Tellez was looking to continue swinging a hot bat.

Game Highlights

  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd as Richard Urena doubled scoring Kevin Pillar
  • The next batter, Aledmys Diaz singled home Urena
  • The Indians got one back in the top of the 3rd as Greg Allen doubl;ed, scoring Roberto Perez
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 3rd as Randal Grichuk hit an opposite field shot to right
  • The Indians got one back in the top of the 5th as Perez led off with a solo shot to left-center
  • Two batters later, Michael Brantley hit a 2 run HR to right-center; also scoring Allen
  • Five batters later, Edwin Encarnacion was forced in by a bases loaded walk to Jason Kipnis
  • A batter later, Perez doubled scoring Yonder Alonso, Melky Cabrera and Kipnis
  • Sean Reid-Foley pitching line: 4.2IP 5H 6R (all earned) 5BB 3K 106 pitches (59 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom of the 5th as Grichuk hit a solo HR to left
  • The next batter, Rowdy Tellez hit his first career HR to straightaway center
  • Adam Plutko pitching line: 4.2IP 9H 5R (all earned) 0BB 4K 95 pitches (62 for strikes)
  • The Indians added a run in the top of the 6th as Jose Ramirez scored on a wild pitch by  Mark Leiter Jr.
  • The Blue Jays got 2 back in the bottom of the 6th as Kendrys Morales singled home Billy McKinney and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
  • The Blue Jays got within one in the bottom of the 7th as Diaz doubled home Danny Jansen
  • Final score: Indians 9 Blue Jays 8
My Take

  • Rough outing for rookie Sean Reid-Foley, who struggled with his command all day, walking five batters and getting into a lot of deep counts. He gave up 6 runs today on five hits. I'm still not sold on Reid-Foley, who has struggled against the game's better lineups. Don't be surprised if he starts next year in the minors.
  • The rally fell a run short today as the Blue Jays were unable to push the tying run across the plate after Aledmys Diaz doubled with one out in the 9th. It was a valiant effort though as the Blue Jays were down by 5 runs at one point.
  • Jonathan Davis came in as a defensive replacement in the 8th and fielded one ball, a single he had no chance to catch. He did not get an at-bat today.
  • Dwight Smith Jr. flew out to center fielder Greg Allen for the 2nd out in the 9th. He had a good AB though, fouling off several pitches and making Indians closer Cody Allen work
  • Danny Jansen caught the first 8 innings of the game today. He was unable to corral a pitch by Mark Leiter Jr. in the 6th, potentially costing the Blue Jays the game as this was the Indians 9th run, He did hit a double in the bottom of the 7th and scored to get the Blue Jays within 1 so I guess he gets a pass for this game.
  • Richard Urena was at second base today. He did fine defensively and had an RBI single and later scored a run.
  • Justin Shafer pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up a bases clearing double and walked 2 batters.
  • Mark Leiter Jr. pitched an inning, giving up a run on a wild pitch, walking 2 batters and allowing a hit.
  • Taylor Guerreri was the only Blue Jays prospect to throw a clean inning. His funky delivery has been quite effective early on. He has to watch the delivery with runners on base though because he comes dangerously close to throwing balks.
  • Up next, the rubber match of the season series. Whoever wins tomorrow will have bragging rights for winning the season series. The pitching match-up will be Indians righty Mike Clevinger against Blue Jays lefty Thomas Pannone.