Saturday, May 15, 2021

Game #38 Philadelphia Phillies (21-19) @ Toronto Blue Jays (21-17) - game recap


Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in a run, scored a run and the Blue Jays scored a 3rd run off a fielding error on a ball hit by him in a 4-0 shutout win over the Phillies

After a late inning loss last night courtesy of a rough 8th inning for the Blue Jays bullpen, which has been outstanding to date, the Blue Jays were looking to even the series. Anthony Kay got the start. Vlad was back in the field after a half day off yesterday as the DH and Rowdy Tellez served as DH tonight. Reese McGuire got the start behind the plate. Could the Blue Jays even the series and set up a rubber match Sunday? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hammered a solo bomb to dead center 
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 2nd on a double by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and a fielding error by Phillies SS Nick Matan that scored Cavan Biggio
  • Two batters later, Reese McGuire singled home Gurriel Jr.
  • Anthony Kay pitching line: 4IP 1H 0R 2BB 6K 79 pitches (50 for strikes)
  • Aaron Nola pitching line: 6.2IP 9H 3R (all earned) 1BB 8K 103 pitches (67 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 8th as Randal Grichuk scored on a fielding error by Jean Segura on a ball hit by Gurriel Jr.
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 Phillies 0

My Take:

  • Anthony Kay had a solid start, throwing 4 shutout innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, hitting a batter and striking out 6. He came into this game with his spot in the rotation in doubt. He did enough to earn another start 
  • The bullpen allowed a combined five hits, walked 2 and struck out 8 over the final 5 innings
  • The Phillies defense committed three errors tonight, leading to two runs, one of which was unearned
  • Every Blue Jays starter, except Marcus Semien had at least 1 hit
  • The Blue Jays were 2-10 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the rubber match. Sunday's matinee will feature former Blue Jays pitcher going up against current Blue Jays lefty Robbie Ray. Anderson was 1-2 with a 7.22ERA in 10 games (7 starts) asa Blue Jay in 2020