Saturday, April 6, 2019

Game #10 Toronto Blue Jays (3-7) @ Cleveland Indians (5-3) - game recap

Indians righty Carlos Carrasco struck out 12 Blue Jays batters as the Blue Jays lost their 3rd straight game in a 7-2 defeat 

After dropping the first two games of this series, the Blue Jays were looking to get back on track and get back to winning. I guess Charlie Montoya reads my game recaps because he had the red-hot Freddy Galvis batting leadoff. Just five of the nine batters in today's lineup were batting above .200, or the Mendoza line: Galvis, Rowdy Tellez, Justin Smoak, Teoscar Hernandez and Alen Hanson. Thomas Pannone got the spot start in place of the injured Clay Richards. Could the Blue Jays snap the losing streak? Here is today's game recap

Game Highlights:
  • The Indians opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Carlos Santana singled home Greg Allen
  • The Indians added a run in the bottom of the 3rd on a bases loaded walk by Hanley Ramirez that forced in Eric Stamets
  • A batter later, Jake Bauers singled home Jose Ramirez and Jordan Luplow
  • Thomas Pannone pitching line: 2.2IP 5H 4R (all earned) 2BB 6K 60 pitches (37 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got on the board in the top of the 5th as Freddy Galvis golfed a moonshot to right-center
  • Three batters later, Randal Grichuk doubled scoring Teoscar Hernandez
  • Carlos Carrasco pitching line: 5IP 6H 2R (both earned) 1BB 12K 90 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • The Indians added a run in the bottom of the 5th as Luplow scored on a wilds pitch
  • Two batters later, Santana scored on a fielder's choice
  • The Indians added another run on a Danny Jansen throwing error trying to catch Jose Ramirez stealing 3rd. Ramirez easily scored on the wild throw
  • Final score: Indians 7 Blue Jays 2
My Take:
  • Thomas Pannone's spot start went about as well as the one by SRF five days ago. The Blue Jays southpaw was lit up to the tune of 4 runs on five hits and a pair of walks (one with the bases loaded). If Clay Richards is not ready, perhaps Sam Gaviglio might get a shot at a spot start.
  • This was the second best offensive output of the season. They reached double digits in hits for the second time this season, but they scored three more runs than the game against Baltimore on Wednesday.
  • Three of the runs scored by the Indians were the results of self-inflict errors (bases loaded walk, wild pitch and throwing error). These mistakes can't happen with an offence that's going to struggle to score runs
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to avoid their first series sweep of the season as ace Marcus Stroman takes the ball looking for his first win of the season. The Blue Jays will be in tough vs. Mike Clevinger, who struck out 12 in his last start.