Sunday, July 21, 2019

Game #101 Toronto Blue Jays (38-63) @ Detroit Tigers (30-65) - game recap

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 2-4 with 3RBI and a run scored in a losing effort as the Tigers walked off the Blue Jays 4-3 in 10 innings

Today's game almost feels like the side show to the main event as the late Roy Halladay is inducted into the hall of fame. After winning the first 2 games of the series, the Blue Jays were looking for the rare series sweep. Jacob Waguespack made his second start spot start. Luke Maile got the start behind the plate. Vlad got a half day off, serving as the DH today, while Cavan Biggio got the full day off. Could the Blue Jays sweep the Tigers? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled home Freddy Galvis
  • The Tigers tied it in the bottom of the 2nd as Brandon Dixon scored on a groundout by Bobby Wilson
  • The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the 3rd as  JaCoby Jones scored on a ground out by Jeimer Candelario
  • The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the 5th as Jones bashed a solo bomb to right-center
  • Jacob Waguespack pitching line: 5.1IP 9H 3R (all earned) 0BB 7K 94 pitches (63 for strikes)
  • Tyler Alexander pitching line: 7IP 3H 1R (earned) 1BB 1K 92 pitches (60 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays tied it in the top of the 9th as Gurriel; Jr. crushed a 2-run blast to dead center also scoring Eric Sogard
  • Nicholas Castellanos walked it off in the 10th, sending a solo blast out to left
  • Final score: Tigers 4 Blue Jays 3 (10 innings)
My Take:
  • Jacob Waguespack gave the Blue Jays what they needed, pitching into the 6th inning. He battled his way in and out of trouble all afternoon, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits, not walking anybody and striking out 7. To me, the young righty has earned another spot start in 5 days time.
  • Not a great day for the offence, that was stymied by Tigers starter Tyler Alexander all afternoon. The only time the Blue Jays managed multiple baserunners was the 1st inning, and then not really as Freddy Galvis scored on the play. After a lead off single by Eric Sogard to start the 3rd, the Blue Jays didn't get another base runner until Eric Sogard reached on an error to start the 9th. Seventeen straight Blue Jays hit into outs.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head home to start a three-game set against the Indians. Ryan Borucki will be making his season debut after missing the first three months of the season with elbow inflammation. The Indians will counter with righty Mike Clevinger