Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Game #41 Toronto Blue Jays (17-24) @ San Francisco Giants (17-24) - game recap

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launched his first two career home runs to lead the Blue Jays to a thrilling 7-3 victory over the Giants

Tonight, the Blue Jays began a week long road trip with stops in San Francisco and Chicago. Trent Thornton was on the mound making his ninth attempt at his first career win. He came into this one
0-4 with a 5.06ERA. The lineup is more or less the same as it's been for the past few days. Could the Blue Jays get the road trip started with a victory? Here is tonight's game recap

Game Highlights:
  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. smashed his first career HR to dead center
  • Three batters later, Randal Grichuk doubled home Freddy Galvis
  • The next batter, Billy McKinney doubled scoring Grichuk
  • Nick Vincent pitching line: 1IP 4H 3R (all earned) 0BB 0K 31 pitches (19 for strikes)
  • The Giants got a pair back in the bottom of the 3rd as Pablo Sandoval cracked a 2-run shot to dead center  also scoring Joe Panik
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 4th as Trent Thornton was forced in on a bases loaded walk by Justin Smoak
  • The Blue Jays added a trio of runs in the top of the 6th as Guerrero Jr. annihilated a three-run bomb to dead center also scoring Thornton and Eric Sogard
  • Trent Thornton pitching line: 5.2IP 3H 2R (both earned) 5BB 7K 102 pitches (57 for strikes)
  • The Giants got one back in the bottom of the 8th as Mac Williamson doubled home Kevin Pillar
  • Final score: Blue Jays 7 Giants 3
My Take:
  • A few demons were exorcised in tonight's game. First, Trent Thornton can breathe a sigh of relief as he FINALLY notched his first career win. He got off to a bit of a shaky start, walking a pair in the 1st inning, but he battled through 5.2 innings, allowing just a pair of runs on a 2-run jack by Pablo Sandoval. He was also excellent at the plate, with a pair of singles (he came around to score twice). The high walk count (5) is a concern. Thornton must work on his command to be able to consistently pitch into the 6th inning or later 
  • The other big monkey off the back moment came in the top of the 1st when Vladimir Guerrero Junior smashed his first career HR over 400 feet to dead center. He added a three-run shot later and a hard single. Guerrero Jr. has looked close to breaking out in a big way the past few games, and tonight it happened, and it happened in a big way. In my random thoughts post this week, I suggested that Guerrero Jr. could be the Blue Jays rep at the all-star game if he gets hot in the next six weeks or so. If it happened, Guerrero Jr. would be the first Blue Jays rookie to make the mid-summer classic.
  • Eric Sogard continues to put up great at-bats, and by doing so he is providing Guerrero Jr. with protection in the lineup.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays wrap up the mini two game series with a matinee. The Blue Jays will be looking for the series sweep and the season series split after the Giants took both games in Toronto three weeks ago. Edwin Jackson will be making his Blue Jays debut after being acquired in a trade Saturday. The Giants will counter with righty Shawn Anderson, who will be making his MLB debut. Should be a good one tomorrow