Saturday, June 22, 2019

Game #77 Toronto Blue Jays (28-49) @ Boston Red Sox (42-36) - game recap

Rowdy Tellez scored the game winning run on a bases loaded walk as the Blue Jays came from behind to edge the Red Sox 8-7

After blowing a gem by rookie Trent Thornton, the Blue Jays were looking to even the weekend series against the mighty Red Sox. It was a bullpen day for the Blue Jays, whereas the offence was facing their 5th straight lefty in Brian Johnson. Luke Maile got the start behind the plate. Could the Blue Jays steal a win? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled home Christian Vazquez and JD Martinez
  • A batter later, Michael Chavez singled home Bradley Jr.
  • Three batters later, Andrew Benintendi doubled scoring Chavis and Mookie Betts 
  • Derek Law pitching line: 1.1IP 2H 4R (all earned) 2BB 0K 42 pitches (23 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox added a run in the bottom of the 3rd as Vazquez hit an opposite field shot off Pesky's pole
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 4th as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled home Vlaimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Brian Johnson pitching line: 5IP 4H 1R (unearned) 0BB 4K 83 pitches (50 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got a pair back in the top of the 7th as Freddy Galvis crushed a 2-run bomb to right also scoring Cavan Biggio
  • A batter later, Rowdy Tellez crushed one to dead center
  • Four batters later, Luke Maile scored on a wild pitch by Marcus Walden
  • The Blue Jays tied it in the top of the 8th as Biggio singled scoring Teoscar Hernandez
  • Four batters later, Biggio scored on a bases loaded walk by Eric Sogard
  • A batter later, Tellez scored on a bases loaded walk by Guerrero Jr.
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the 9th on a ground rule double by Xander Bogaerts that scored Betts
  • Ken Giles pitched the 9th for his 12th save of the season.
  • Final score: Blue Jays 8 Red Sox 7
My Take:
  • The game started rough for the Blue Jays with Derek Law and Sam Gaviglio combining to give up 6 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. After Law had a perfect 1st inning, the Blue Jays tempted fate by sending him out for a second inning of work. Now both he and Gaviglio are likely unavailable for at least tomorrow. Don't be surprised if the Blue Jays make a roster move to get a fresh arm for tomorrow.
  • The Blue Jays took advantage of some rough pitching. Red Sox pitchers threw 4 wild pitches and walked five batters in the critical 7th and 8th innings
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Teoscar Hernandez and Cavan Biggio all had multi-hit days
  • Loved how the Blue Jays put that Red Sox fan in his place at the end of the game after Ken Giles threw a ball then a pitch later struck out JD Martinez to end the game
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for the series win as Marcus Stroman takes on Red Sox righty Rick Porcello