Saturday, August 8, 2020

Game #12 Toronto Blue Jays (5-7) @ Boston Red Sox (5-9) - game recap

Bo Bichette got on base three times and drove in the tying run as the Blue Jays edged the Red Sox 2-1

Blue Jays fans got their first look at Chase Anderson, who started the year on the 10 day IL. He was activated today to make his Blue Jays debut. Vlad moved down to sixth in the batting lineup and was DH'ing today. Rowdy Tellez swapped batting order spots with Teoscar Hernandez and was at first base tonight. Travis Shaw batted 3rd in the batting order today. Could the Blue Jays snap the two game losing streak? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Christian Vasquez singled home Xander Bogaerts
  • Chase Anderson pitching line: 3IP 1H 1R (earned) 2BB 1K 45 pitches (26 for strikes)
  • Zack Godley pitching line: 4IP 3H 0R 2BB 3K 67 pitches (41 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the 7th as Bo Bichette doubled scoring Randal Grichuk
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 8th on a groundout by Rowdy Tellez that scored Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
  • Anthony Bass pitched a perfect 9th for his 3rd save of the season
  • final score: Blue Jays 2 Red Sox 1

My Take:

  • Chase Anderson pitched three solid innings. As he was coming off an injury, he was limited to 3 innings or ~50 pitches (he threw 45 pitches). After getting through the 1st inning on 11 pitches, Anderson walked the first two batters he faced in the 2nd inning, followed by a run-scoring single. He then induced a double play and got Jackie Bradley Jr. to fly out to left. He then got through the third inning on just 5 pitches. Overall, a solid first outing of the season for the righty.
  • Once again, the Blue Jays manufactured their runs through a bit of small ball. The winning run became possible when Gurriel Jr. hustled from 1st to 3rd on a 1 out single by Grichuk.
  • The bullpen continues to have an excellent week, allowing just 5 base runners over the final 6 innings. Anthony Kay fired 3.1 shutout innings. Thankfully the next off-day is after tomorrow's game because the bullpen has been used a lot in the early going
  • Up next, the Blue Jays wrap up the mammoth road trip with a matinee at Fenway. Matt Shoemaker is back on the bump, looking to rebound from a rough outing in Atlanta on Monday. He'll face Red Sox righty Nathan Eovaldi