Friday, June 4, 2021

Game #55 Houston Astros (32-25) @ Toronto Blue Jays (29-26) - game recap


Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run to break the shutout bid in a 13-1 loss to the Astros

After a well-earned off-day after a huge come-from-behind win over the Marlins, the Blue Jays welcomed the Astros into town. George Springer will not get to face his former team as he is still working his way back from a nagging quad injury and will need a rehab assignment first. The Astros took 2/3 when the Blue Jays were in Houston a month ago. Ty Tice was traded to Atlanta for cash considerations. It was a battle of the aces today with Zack Greinke up against Hyun-Jin Ryu. Vlad was back in the field after DH'ing Wednesday (Rowdy Tellez was DH today). Danny Jansen was behind the plate. Joe Panik was at the hot corner. Could the Blue Jays make it three wins in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Astros opened the scoring in the top of the 4th as Yordan Alvarez doubled scoring Aledmys Diaz
  • The Astros added a run in the top of the 5th on a sac fly by Jose Altuve that scored Myles Straw
  • A batter later, Carlos Correa whacked a solo blast to left
  • The Astros added 4 runs in the top of the 6th as Martin Maldanado hammered a grand slam to left; also scoring Yuli Gurriel, Alvarez and Chaz McCormick
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching line: 5.IP 7H 7R (6 earned) 3BB 1K 91 pitches (58 for strikes)
  • The Astros added a run in the top of the 7th as Diaz smashed a solo blast to left
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Randal Grichuk launched a solo shot to dead center
  • The Astros added a run in the top of the 8th as Maldanado singled home McCormick
  • A batter later Altuve singled scoring Straw
  • A batter after that, Correa anihilated a 3-run bomb to left also scoring Maldanado and Altuve
  • Zack Greinke pitching line: 9IP 6H 1R (earned) 1BB 3K 102 pitches (75 for strikes)
  • Final score: Astros 13 Blue Jays 1
My Take:

  • It was a rough one for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was lit up for 7 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1 over 5.2 innings. The first time through the order went well enough, with Ryu 8 of the first 9 batters he faced. The Astros picked something up and proceeded to score 7 runs, capped off by a grand slam over innings 4-6. Ryu obviously did not have his best stuff today
  • After walking a buch of batters, Tyler Chatwood was also lit up in the 8th to the tune of 5 runs on 6 hits, capped off by 3-run BOMB by Correa. Perhaps Chatwood needs a little personal time with Pete Walker 
  • Offesnsively, Randal Grichuk broke the shutout bid in the 8th. Teoscar Hernandez was the only Blue Jay to get on base multiple times, with 2 hits and a walk.
  • The Blue Jays were 0-1 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to even the weekend series. Ross Stripling gets ths start against Astros righty Jose Urquidy.