Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Game #71 Toronto Blue Jays (36-35) @ Miami Marlins (31-40) - game recap

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in the winning run in the 9th as the Blue Jays edged the Marlins 2-1 

At long last, George Springer made his return from the IL after missing 67 games with a quad injury. He came back as DH for 4 games but reinjured the quad. Signed to a huge $150 million in the off-season, the Blue Jays lineup will be that much more lethal. Springer was in CF and batted 5th today. Alek Manoah was suspended 5 games for throwing at Orioles 3B Maikel Franco and causing a bench-clearing brawl. He's appealing the decision. Manager Charlie Montoyo was suspended a game and served the suspension tonight. Nate Pearson strained his right groin. Jacob Barnes was also added to the roster. Rowdy Tellez and Jonathan Davis were optioned to AAA. Ross Stripling got the start. Could the Blue Jays make it three wins in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Marlins opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Jesus Sanchez hammered a solo bombto dead center 
  • The Blue Jaysa tied the game in the top of the 6th as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Bo Bichette 
  • Ross Stripling pitching line: 6IP 2H 1R (earned) 1BB 7K91 pitches (59 for strikes)
  • Sandy Alcantara pitching line: 8IP 5H 1R (earned) 1BB 3K 86 pitches (55 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in thw top of the 9th as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled scoring Cavan Biggio
  • Jordan Romano pitched a scoreless 9th for his 4th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 2 Marlins 1

My Take:

  • Ross Stripling was excellent, allowing a run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7. He retired the first 5 batters he faced and was consistently pitching to contact. 
  • George Springer's first game back was encouraging in that he completed the game. He was 0-4 at the plate and stranded 2 runners. He did not get an opportunity to test the quad in the field as no balls were hit his way, other than the HR he had no chance on
  • The Blue Jays bullpen was rock solid, allowing 1 hit in the 9th that was erased by Reese McGuire throwing out Starling Marte at 2nd base.
  • The Blue Jays were 2-5 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for 4 straight wins and a season series sweep over the Marlins. Tomorrow will be a battle of the lefties as Robbie Ray pitches against Marlins southpaw Trevor Rogers