Sunday, May 5, 2019

Game #34 Toronto Blue Jays (15-19) @ Texas Rangers (16-16) - game recap

Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-4 with 4 RBI and a pair if runs scored as the Rangers routed the Blue Jays 10-2

Another milestone for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: he wrapped up his first career road trip today. Clay Buchholz was on the mound trying to secure his second win in a blue that's uniform. The Blue Jays more or less went with the same lineup as yesterday except Brandon Drury replaced Socrates Brito in right field. Could the Blue Jays take the rubber match of the series and had gone on a positive note? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Rangers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as Asdrubal Cabrera doubled home Joey Gallo
  • A batter later, Roughned Odor smacked a two run shot over the wall in right also scoring Cabrera
  • The Blue Jays for one back in the to of the 3rd as Eric Sogard lined a solo Scott that just cleared the wall in right
  • The Rangers added three more runs in the bottom half of the inning as Cabrera crushed a three run bomb to right-center, also scoring Shin-Soo Choo and Gallo.
  • The Rangers added a run in the bottom of the 4th as Choo singled home Danny Santana
  • Drew Smyly pitching line:4IP 2H 1R (earned) 2BB 5K 68 pitches (41 for strikes)
  • Clay Buchholz pitching line 4IP 8H 7R (all earned) 1BB 1K 76 pitches (51 for strikes)
  • The Rangers added a run in the bottom of the 5th as Odor singled scoring Nomar Mazara
  • The Rangers added two more runs on a two run single by Elvis Andrus that plated Jeff Mathis and Choo
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 7th as Rowdy Tellez singled home Justin Smoak
  • Final score: Rangers 10 Blue Jays 2
My Take: 
  • Clay Buchholz actually had a terrific 1st inning, retiring the side in order on just 6 pitches. However, it was all down hill from that point, as Buchholz was lit up for seven runs on seven hours and a walk over the next three innings. The Rangers simply bright their bats to the game today and they weren't going to miss any mistake pitches. There has to be concern that velocity was down for Buchholz today. He reached 90mph on his best pitch.
  • Luke Maile did a great job in his first pitching appearance, retiring the side in order and ending things with a strikeout
  • Sogard continues to be the most consistent player offensively. He smacked a solo shoot and drew a walk 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays open a three game series against the Minnesota Twins starting tomorrow. It's pretty essential that Marcus Stroman pitches deep into the game after the weekend starters both failed to pitch into the 5th inning. The Twins will counter with lefty Martin Perez.