Sunday, July 25, 2021

Game #95 Toronto Blue Jays (49-46) @ NY Mets (52-44) - game recap


Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez both drove in a pair of runs in a 5-4 loss to the Mets 

After splitting the first two games of the series, the Nlue Jays were looking to take the rubber match against the New York Blue Jays Mets.  Trent Thornton was recalled from AAA and Jonathan Davis was optioned to AAA. Ross Stripling got the start. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. sat out with no DH and Teo in LF and Randal Grichuk in RF. Alejandro Kirk was behind the plate. Espinal Santiago got the start at the hot corner. Could the Blue Jays make it two wins in a row? Here is today's game recap

Game Highlights:

  • The Mets opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Jonathan Villar singled home JD Davis
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 6th as Bo Bichette singled scoring George Springer and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • A batter later, Marcus Semien scored on a fielder's choice hit by Teoscar Hernandez
  • Rich Hill pitching line: 5IP 5H 3R (all earned) 2BB 1K 62 pitches (39 for strikes)
  • Ross Stripling pitching line: 5IP 5H 1R (earned) 0BB 6K 79 pitches (51 for strikes)
  • The Mets tied the game in the bottom half of the inning as Pete Alonso bashed a 2-run blast to left; also scoring Michael Conforto
  • Four batters later, Jeff McNeil doubled home Davis and Villar
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 8th as Hernandez singled home Semien
  • Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless 9th for his 21st save of the season
  • Finakl score/; Mets 5 Blue Jays 4

My Take:

  • Ross Stripling pitched a decent game, akllowing 1 run on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 6. He was able to make pitches when he had to in order to escape the jams he got into
  • The bullpen had a rough day, laying an egg in the 6th when the Mets scored 4 runs on 4 hits and  2 walks. It was nice to see Rafael Dolis pitch 2 days in a row. It shows he is healthy.
  • Offensively, the Blue Jays had one big inning in the 6th where they scored 3 runs on a hit batter, walk and 2 hits and a fielder's choice. They eked another run across in the 8th, but could not tie the game.
  • Alejandro Kirk had 2 more hits as the Blue Jays catcher continues to make the most of his opportunity with Danny Jansen out for a while.
  • The Blue Jays were an abysmal 3-19 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head to Fenway to begin a 4-game series against the Red Sox, who have won 7 of the 11 meetings in the season series thus far, but have been outscore by the Blue Jays 65-56. Depending on how Alek Manoah is feeling, he could start Monday's game, othewise the Blue Jays will likely turn to Thomas Hatch. The Red Sox will counter with righty Nick Pivetta