Saturday, June 1, 2019

Game #57 Toronto Blue Jays (21-36) @ Colorado Rockies (29-27) - game recap

Trevor Story had a monster game with 3 hits, 4 runs scored and 7RBI as the Rockies routed the Blue Jays 13-7

After a sorely needed day off to continue to recover from the flu bug that has been ravishing the clubhouse, the Blue Jays were back at it, beginning a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Edwin Jackson was looking to exorcise his demons at Coors Field, where he has had little success. Vlad and Cavan were back in the lineup after partial days off in the series finale vs. TB. Could the Blue Jays start the series off with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Rockies opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Trevor Story crushed a 2-run bomb to left also scoring Raimel Tapia
  • Three batters later, Daniel Murphy doubled home David Dahl and Nolan Arenado
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 2nd as Randal Grichuk hammered one to left-center for his 100th career HR
  • Three batters later, Cavan Biggio scored on a ground out by Luke Maile
  • The Rockies added two more runs in the bottom half of the inning on a ground rule double by Arenado that plated Tapia and Story 
  • The Rockies added three more runs in the bottom of the third as Story doubled scoring Tapia, Gernan Marquez and Tony Wolters
  • A batter later, Dahl doubled home Story
  • Edwin Jackson pitching line: 2.1IP 10H 10R (all earned) 3BB 4K 77 pitches (49 for strikes)
  • The Rockies added a run in the top of the 5th as Arenado doubled home Tapia
  • The Rockies added two more runs in the bottom of the 7th on a 2-run bomb to dead center by Story also scoring Wolters
  • German Marquez pitching line: 7IP 6H 2R (both earned) 3BB 7K 103 pitches (67 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 8th as Vlad Guerrero Jr. broke a record, hitting the 1220th home run in the month of May
  • Three batters later, Brandon Drury scored on a sac fly by Grichuk
  • Three batters later, Maile drew a bases loaded walk to force in Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
  • A batter later, Biggio scored on a sac fly by Eric Sogard
  • Final score: Rockies 13 Blue Jays 6 
My Take:
  • In a word: yikes. Starter Edwin Jackson was lit up to the tune of 10 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks. The outing ballooned Jackson's season ERA to 13.22 and his ERA at Coors Field to 14.67, worst ever. Surely Jackson's days in a Blue Jays uniform must be numbered? Maybe let someone like SRF go through the growing pains in the majors.
  • This one was far closer than it should have been. Through seven innings, the Blue Jays offence managed 2 runs on 6 hits and a trio of walks. Actually, the first two base runners of the game reached on walks and were stranded. Two of the 6 runs were on solo home runs (one was a milestone 100th career blast by Grichuk and Vlad's home run broke a monthly record league wide for HR in a month). The Blue Jays were a dismal 1-10 with RISP.
  • Guerrero Jr. finished a triple short of the cycle. It feels like just a matter of time before he accomplishes the feat.
  • Gurriel Jr. extended his hitting and extra-base hit streak to 7 games with a double in the 8th inning.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to even the series with ace Marcus Stroman on the bump vs. Rockies righty Jon Gray, who left his last start with a hot spot on his finger. The Blue Jays will also be looking to open a month with a victory for the first time this season (they lost the season opener and April 1st and May 1st.). The Blue Jays have also lost all three month ending games as well.