Saturday, June 22, 2019

Game #76 Toronto Blue Jays (27-49) @ Boston Red Sox (42-35) - game recap

Randal Grichuk was 3-4 with 3RBI and a run scored in a losing effort as the Red Sox came from behind to knock off the Blue Jays 7-5 in 10 innings

And so begins another battle between the mighty Red Sox and the not so mighty Blue Jays. Cavan Biggio got the day off and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. served as the DH. Billy McKinney played 1st base tonight. Trent Thornton came into this one coming off a strong performance his last start. Could the Blue Jays steal a win in Boston? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Freddy Galvis singled home Teoscar Hernandez and Eric Sogard
  • The Blue Jays added two more runs in the top of the 3rd as Randal Grichuk smacked a 2-run shot over the green monster in left also scoring Hernandez
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the 3rd as Andrew Benintendi scored on a sac fly by Brock Holt
  • Chris Sale pitching line: 5IP 7H 4R (3 earned) 2BB 8K 101 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 7th as Grichuk singled home Hernandez
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the 7th as Benintendi singled scoring Mookie Betts
  • A batter later, Xander Bogaerts doubled scoring Benintendi
  • A batter later, JD Martinez singled home Bogaerts
  • Trent Thornton pitching line: 6.1IP 8H 2R (both earned) 1BB 7K 102 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the 8th as Rafael Devers singled scoring Jackie Bradley Jr.
  • The Red Sox won it in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off 2-run HR to right-center by Christian Vazquez that also scored Marco Hernandez
  • Final score: Red Sox 7 Blue Jays 5
My Take:
  • Trent Thornton was solid against a tough Red Sox lineup, allowing a pair of runs on 8 hits and a walk while striking out 7 over 6.1 innings. The young rookie right-hander has really improved since the beginning of the season, and now it looks like he'll be a lock in the rotation for the next several seasons
  • The Blue Jays got to Chris Sale early, striking for 4 runs on 2 hits, a pair of walks and a pair of errors in the 1st and 3rd innings
  • After the 5th inning, the Blue Jays had just 2 hits  and 3 walks
  • Blue Jays relievers had a rough night, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits and a walk over 3.1 innings. All 4 relievers allowed at least one run
  • The stars offensively were Eric Sogard (4-6 with 1 run scored), Teoscar Hernandez (2 walks, reached on an error, scored 3 times), Randal Grichuk (3-4, 3 RBI, a run scored), Freddy Galvis (2-5, 2 RBI)
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to even the series as they face yet another lefty in Brian Johnson. It will be a bullpen day for the Blue Jays with Derek Law likely the first pitcher to pitch.