Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Game #35 Toronto Blue Jays (19-16) @ Miami Marlins (16-16) - game recap

Hyun-jin Ryu threw 6 strong innings in a 2-1 victory over the Marlins

After a heartbreaking late game loss to the Marlins last night, the Blue Jays turned to ace Hyun-jin Ryu to right the ship and snap the 2 game losing streak. Lots of lineup changes for this one. Vlad received the complete day, while Randal Grichuk got the half day off, serving as the DH, While Rowdy Tellez was at 1B and Cavan Biggio played in CF. Newcomer Jonathan Pillar was at 2B with Espinal Santiago getting the start at SS. Danny Jansen was back behind the plate after a day off last night. Could the Blue Jay split the series? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 5th as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. lined a 2-run blast to left-center; also scoring Rowdy Tellez
  • The Marlins got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Garrett Cooper singled scoring Jon Berti
  • Hyun-jin Ryu pitching line: 6IP 5H 1R (earned) 2BB 8K 99 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • Sixto Sanchez pitching line: 7IP 6H 2R (both earned) 0BB 5K 79 pitches (56 for strikes)
  • Anthony Bass pitched a perfect 9th for his 4th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 2 Marlins 1

My Take:

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu continued his impressive start to his Blue Jays career, pitching 6 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8. He and Danny Jansen have formed a nice tandem and have figured out good game plans together
  • Jonathan Pillar had a night to forget. He was thrown out at 2nd base trying to stretch a single into a double in the 1st inning, he threw the ball away in the 2nd inning on an attempted fielder's choice and he was picked off at 3rd base to end the 4th inning. Charlie Montoyo should be sitting him down and telling him to relax and let the game come to him instead of trying to force plays.
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was also picked off on a wild pitch by Sixto Sanchez in the 2nd inning. He started going to 2nd base and quickly slammed on the brakes and tried to come back to 1st base, but he had strayed too far
  • The bullpen was excellent tonight, allowing 1 hit and walking one (and both those came in the 7th inning)
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head north to Boston for an uber rare 5-game series (Friday will be a double header). Taijuan Walker makes his second start as a Blue Jay. He threw 6 shutout innings in his last start. The Red Sox will counter with lefty Martin Perez