Monday, May 23, 2022

Game #42- Toronto Blue Jays (22-20) @ St. Louis Cardinals (24-18) - game recap

 

George Springer drove in a pair of runs and scored once in a 7-3 loss to the Cardinals on a walk-off grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt in the 10th inning

After dropping the finale of the series against the Reds and the home stand on a solo shot by Joey Votto in what was likely his final game in Toronto,. the Blue Jays hit the road, beginning with a mini 2-game series in St. Louis that began tonight. It was the first game the Blue Jays played in the NL with the universal DH in effect. Up until this season, pitchers batted in the NL. The last time these two squads met was in 2017 where the Cardinals won 2 of the 3 games and outscored the Blue Jays 19-14. The Blue Jays will not face former teammate Steven Matz, who is on the IL with an injured shoulder, in this series. Ace Jose Berrios got the start. Alejandro Kirk was behind the plate. George Springer got the half day off as DH with Bradley Zimmer in CF. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was back in LF after getting the full day off yesterday. Could the Blue Jays start the week and road trip with a win? Here is tonight's game recap. 

Game Highlights:

  • The Cardinals opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Brendan Donovan doubled scoring Nolan Arenado
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the 6th as George Springer belted a solo bomb to left
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 7th on a bases loaded walk to Springer that forced in Alejandro Kirk
  • A batter later, a bases loaded walk to Santiago Espinal forced in Matt Chapman
  • Miles Mikolas pitching line: 6.2IP 4H 3R (all earned) 2BB 5K 99 pitches (63 for strikes)
  • The Cardinals got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Juan Yepez smashed a solo blast to left
  • Three batters later, Harrison Bader singled scoring Donovan
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 6.1IP 7H 3R (all earned) 0BB 7K 102 pitches (71 for strikes)
  • The Cardinals walked it off in the bottom of the 10th  on a bases loaded grand slam to left by Paul Goldschmidt that also scored Lars Nootbaar, Tommy Edman and Edmundo Sosa 
  • Final score: Cardinals 7 Blue Jays 3

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios was solid through 6.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out 7. He retired 13 in a row before giving up a HR to Juan Yepez. He deserved a better fate, but it was not the best night for the bullpen
  • The normally reliable Adam Cimber gave up a game tying single to take away the win for Berrios. Trevor Richards and Julian Merryweather held the Cardinals off the scoreboard to give the Blue Jays an opportunity to take the lead. David Phelps came in and got two outs. Ryan Borucki just needed one out and instead loaded the bases on a walk and then gave up the mammoth grand slam to Goldschmidt.
  • The Blue Jays will be lamenting more missed opportunities. They loaded the bases with two outs and could only etch across 2 runs on walks.In the 10th inning, they couldn't even advance George Springer to 3rd base. Springer is a fast runner so even a single to the outfield likely would have scored him
  • The Blue Jays were a brutal 0-10 with runners in scoring position. Something needs to give because this lineup is too talented to keep missing these opportunities.
  • Every lue Jays starter except Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez reached base at least once
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to earn the series split. Kevin Gausman gets the start against Cardinals righty Jordan Hicks

Game #42 Toronto Blue Jays (22-19) @ St. Louis Cardinals (23-18)

 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Game #41- Cincinnati Reds (12-28) @ Toronto Blue Jays (22-19) - game recap


 George Springer scored the Blue Jays second run in a 3-2 loss to the Reds 

After a solid win over the Reds on the back of a pair of HR by Bo Bichette and 8 excellent innings from Alek Manoah, the Blue Jays were looking for their 3rd straight win and first series sweep of the season. Yusei Kikuchi got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Vlad was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had the full day off with Zack Collins DH'ing. Could the Blue Jays get their first sweep of the season? Here is today's game recap.

Game #41 Cincinnati Reds (11-28) @ Toronto Blue Jays (22-18)

 

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Game #40- Cincinnati Reds (11-28) @ Toronto Blue Jays (22-18) - game recap

 

Alek Manoah threw 8 dominant innings in a 3-1 win over the Reds 

After etching out a win yesterday on the backs of just enough offence and some solid pitching - a theme for 2022, the Blue Jays were looking to make it two straight wins. Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Vlad got the half day off as DH with Lourdes GurrielJr. taking his place at 1B, who was back in the lineup after a complete day off yesterday. Could the Blue Jays make it two straight wins? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Reds opened the scoring in the top of the 4th as Joey Votto doubled scoring Tyler Naquin
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom half of the inning as Bo Bichette drilled a solo bomb to the second deck in left
  • Hunter Greene pitching line: 6IP 4H 1R (earned) 2BB 6K 84 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the 7th as Bichette hammered a 2-run bomb to the 2nd deck in left
  • Alek Manoah pitching line: 8IP 7H 1R (earned) 0BB 4K 83 pitches (63 for strikes) 
  • Jordan Romano struck out the side and threw a perfect 9th for his 14th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 3 Reds 1

My Take:

  • Alek Manoah was solid throwing 8 dominant innings, allowing one run on seven hits while walking none and striking out seven. He retired 8 of the first 9 batters he faced. Alejandro Kirk took care of that base runner, gunning down Alejo Lopez at 2nd base. Manoah retired the last 6 batters he faced and honestly should have been given the opportunity to complete the game with just 83 pitches thrown and Jordan Romano still recovering from a gastrointestinal infection.
  • Romano did strike out the side though for his 14th save.
  • Offensively it was the Bo Bichette show. The Blue Jays 2nd baseman drove in all three runs on a pair of mammoth home runs to the second deck in left- almst the same spot
  • Every Blue Jays starter except Vlad reached base at least once
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try for their first series sweep and 3rd straight win. Yusei Kikuchi gets the start against Reds righty Connor Overton

Game #40 Cincinnati Reds (11-27) @ Toronto Blue Jays (21-18)


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Game #38- Seattle Mariners (17-21) @ Toronto Blue Jays (20-18) - game recap

 

Kevin Gausman pitched five innings in a 5-1 loss to the Mariners

After a solid shutout win on the strength of a fine pitching performance from Jose Berrios, David Phelps and Adam Cimber and a bases clearing triple from George Springer, the Blue Jays were looking for their first series sweep of the season. Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Teo was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Alejandro Kirk served as DH tonight. Could the Blue Jays make it 3 straight wins and the first series sweep of the season? Here is tonight's game recap.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Game #37- Seattle Mariners (16-21) @ Toronto Blue Jays (20-17) - game recap

Jose Berrios threw 7 shutout innings in a 3-0 shutout win over the Mariners

After a solid win last night on the back of a strong pitching performance from Yusei Kikuchi and five relievers and some clutch hitting from the offence, the Blue Jays were looking to make it two straight wins and their first series win since April 29-May 1 against Houston. Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Teoscar Hernandez got the half day off as DH with Raimel Tapia in RF.    Lourdes Guirriel Jr. was back in the lineup after the day off yesterday. Could the Blue Jays make it two wins in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Game #36- Seattle Mariners (16-20) @ Toronto Blue Jays (19-17) - game recap

 

Yusei Kikuchi threw 6 shutout innings in a 6-2 victory over the Mariners

After a disastrous road trip that saw the Blue Jays win just twice in 9 games, the Blue Jays returned home hoping the home crowd could change their fortunes. They opened the home stand with a trio against the Mariners. It also marked the return of Robbie Ray, who signed with Seattle in the off-season. He was not scheduled to start in this series. Ray was 14-8 in 37 games (36 starts) as a Blue Jay over 1 full season and a month of the abbreviated pandemic season. He won the Cy Young last season, the first blue Jay to win the prestigious award since Roy Halladay in 2003. The Mariners won the Season Series 4-2 and out scored the Blue Jays 34-31 last season. Tim Mayza was placed on the 10 day IL with left forearm inflammation. Lefty Andrew Vasqueez was recalled from AAA-ball. Tyler Heineman was claimed off waivers by the Pirates. Yusei Kikuchi got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Zack Collins served as DH tonight. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got the complete day off with Raimel Tapia in LF. Could the Blue Jays start the week and home stand with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Game #35- Toronto Blue Jays (18-17) @ Tampa Bay Rays (21-14) - game recap

 

Alek Manoah threw 6 strong innings in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Rays

After a solid win off a 4-run 8th inning rally yesterday, the Blue Jays were looking to make it two straight wins and their first series win since April 29-May 1 against Houston. George Springer returned to the lineup as DH after missing yesterday's game with an ankle injury.Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Could the Blue Jays mke it two in a row and their first series win since late-April/early May? Here is today's game recap. 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Game #34- Toronto Blue Jays (18-16) @ Tampa Bay Rays (20-14) - game recap

 

Danny Jansen hit a 2-run HR in his return from the IL as the Blue Jays knocked off the Rays 5-1 to snap a season-long 5- game losing streak

After dropping their 5th straight game, the Blue Jays were looking to snap the season long losing streak. They welcomed Hyun-Jin Ru and Danny Jansen back from the IL and both were in the starting lineup (Jansen got the start behind the plate). Trent Thornton and Tyler Heineman were both optioned back to AAA ball. George Springer was out of the lineup after leaving the game yesterday with an ankle injury. Raimel Tapia was in CF and batting 9th. Matt Chapman batted leadoff.  Alejandro Kirk served as DH. Could the Blue Jays snap the 5-game losing streak? Here is today's game recap.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Game #33- Toronto Blue Jays (17-16) @ Tampa Bay Rays (20-13) - game recap

 

Raimel Tapia scored a run and drove in a run in a losing effort as the Rays defeated the Blue Jays 5-2

After being swept by the Yankees to extend the losing streak to 4-games and a much-needed off-day the Blue Jays opened a weekend set against the Rays in Tropicana Field AKA the Blue Jays house of horrors. The Rays won last year's season series 11-8 and outscored the Blue Jays 83-76. Kevin Gausman got the start with Zack Collins behind the plate. Alejandro Kirk served as DH. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing Wednesday. Could the Blue Jays snap the 4-game losing streak? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #33! Toronto Blue Jays (17-15) at House of Horrors (19-13)


Fri, May 13 • 7:10 PM EDT

At Tropicana Field

Kevin Gausman (3-1, 2.13 ERA, 46 SO) vs Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.89 ERA, 26 SO)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

I've been waiting for the right time

 

Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash

I've been waiting for a while to share some important news that may or may not affect the community. I haven't wanted to take away from the pleasure of having baseball back, nor the fun everyone was having with the NBA and NHL playoffs. I also didn't want to preempt Tina's random thoughts. (Happy to have you writing again, Tina!) 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Game #32- Toronto Blue Jays (17-15) @ New York Yankees (22-8) - game recap

 

George Springer drove in a run and scored a run, both on sac fly's, in a losing effort as the Yankees came from behind to defeat the Blue Jays 5-3

After a heartbreaking walk off loss to the Yankees in another game of bad calls by the umpires that saw reliever Yimi Garcia, pitching coach Pete Walker and manager Charlie Montoyo all ejected, the Blue Jays were looking to snap a season-long 3-game losing streak. Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer got the half day off as DH with Raimel Tapia in CF. Could the Blue Jays snap the losing streak? Here is today's game recap. 

Game #32! Toronto Blue Jays (17-14) vs Umps (21-8)

 


Wed, May 11 • 12:35 PM EDT

At Joke Stadium

Jose Berrios (2-1, 5.34 ERA, 20 SO) vs Jameson Tallion (2-1, 2.84 ERA, 21 SO)

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Game #31- Toronto Blue Jays (17-14) @ New York Yankees (21-8) - game recap

 

Santiago Espinal drove in a pair of runs in a losing effort as the Yankees came from behind to walk off the Blue Jays 6-5

After two losses in a row, the Blue Jays were looking to regroup after a much-needed off-day yesterday. They opened the week with a brief two-game set at Yankees Stadium. The Blue Jays and Yankees split 4 games here April 11-14 and the Yankees gave the Blue Jays their first series loss of the season in Toronto a week ago. Yusei Kikuchi got the start with Tyler Heineman behind the plate. Vlad was back in the field after DH'ing Sunday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was back in LF after playing 1B Sunday. Alejandro Kirk served as DH tonight. Could the Blue Jays break the 2-game losing streak? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as George Springer led off the game with a solo blast to left
  • The Blue Jays added a pair of runs in the top of the 2nd as Santiago Espinal doubled scoring Alejandro Kirk and Matt Chapman
  • Luis Severino pitching line: 4.2IP 5H 3R (all earned) 2BB 8K 97 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • The Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the 6th as Giancarlo Stanton bashed a 3-run shot to the opposite field in right; also scoring DJ Lemahieu and Aaron Judge
  • Yusei Kikuchi pitching line: 5.1IP 2H 2R (both earned) 3BB 7K 89 pitches (54 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the 8th as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled home Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • A batter later, Gurriel Jr. scored on a sac fly by Kirk
  • The Yankees won it in the bottom of the 9th on a 3-run walk-off bomb to left by Judge; also scoringJ ose Trevino and LeMahieu
  • Final score: Yankees 6 Blue Jays 5

My Take:

  • Yusei Kikuchi had a decent outing allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out 7 in 5.1 innings. It's encouraging that Kikuchi was able to pitch into the 6th inning. Still too many walks though. Kikuchi retired 12 in a row at one point.
  • The umpiring left a lot to be desired tonight. First, a 3-run HR by Lourdes Gurriel Jr was overturned to a 2-run double. In the 6th inning, both reliever Yimi Garcia, who had drilled Josh Donaldson and pitching coach Pete Walker were both ejected. Garcia was deemed to have intentionally thrown at Donaldson. Manager Charlie Montoyo was allowed to remain in the game. He too was ejected the next inning after a high and tight pitch to Bo Bichette. The overturned home run had a bigger effect on the outcome. Had the 3-run HR been allowed to stand, the 3-run HR by Judge would not have ended the game, but rather put the Yankees within 1 with 1 out.
  • Jordan Romano blew a save for the second time this season. He has altered his delivery. Romano used to load with a muchy deeper squat. Tonight, he just did a smal bend at the waist. Hopefully he's not injured and the change is to improve his outcomes. Romano has been hit hard in recent outings, but he has done enough to record 3 straight saves before tonight's blown save
  • The offence gave the Blue Jays an opportunity to win with clutch hitting in the 8th to tally a pair of runs late for a 2-run cushion.
  • Every Blue Jays starter except Teoscar Hernandez (struck out 3x), Matt Chapman (drew a walk) and Tyler Heineman (only had one AB) had at least one hit. The Blue Jays were 1-6 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for the series split and try to avoid being swept for the 1st time this season. Jose Berrios starts against Yankees righty Jameson Taillon

Game #31! Lets try again... Toronto Canadians @ New York Americans

 

Yankee Stadium to scale


Monday, May 9, 2022

Ten random thoughts Weeks 3-5 April 18-May 8

 


The Blue Jays just completed their toughest stretch of games, both in terms of length (20 days between off-days) and strength of schedule (faced Boston and Houston x2, the Yankees and the Indians). They started the stretch of games by taking 2 of 3 at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays got a big scare when George Springer was hit by a pitch. His big reaction was probably for two reasons. First, it hurt. Second, the Blue Jays were due to play Houston in under 48 hours and Houston was playing in Toronto a week later. Springer missed all 6 games against Houston last season due to a quad strain. Thankfully, he returned to the lineup in the second game of the series in Houston as DH and was in the field the next night. Toronto beat Houston 2 of 3 with Springer doing damage offensively against his former team. The Blue Jays then returned home and won 3 of 4 against the Red Sox. Toronto beat Houston 2 of 3 again for their first season series win and the all-important tiebreaker. The Blue Jays concluded the homestand with a trio against the Yankees. They saw their streak of winning series come to an end after dropping the first two games of the series, though the second game was highly controversial (more on that later). The stretch of games ended with a 4-game series against the Guardians (formerly known as the Indians. . Looking at the week ahead, the Blue Jays continue the road trip with a brief 2 game stop at Yankee Stadium, followed by a weekend set at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay after a second off-day in 72 hours. Here are ten random thoughts from the last 3 weeks of the MLB,

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Game #30- Toronto Blue Jays (17-13) @ Cleveland Guadians (14-14) - game recap

 

Teoscar Hernandez drove in a pair of runs in a losing effort as the Guardians cam from behind to defeat the Blue Jays 4-3

Happy mother's day! After splitting yesterday's double header, the Blue Jays were looking for the split in the 4-game series. Alek Manoah got the start. Vlad got the half day off as DH with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. at 1B. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing the 2nd game of yesterday's double header. Raimel Tapia took Gurriel Jr's spot in LF. Could the Blue Jays earn the series split with a win? Here is today's game recap.

Game 30! Toronto Blue Jays (17-12) at Cleveland Guardians (13-14)

 

Sun, May 8 • 1:40 PM EDT

At Progressive Field

Alek Manoah 4-0, 1.45 ERA, 32 SO vs Konnor Pilkington 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO

Big Alek is going as the Jays look to split the 4 game series. The rookie going for Cleveland has only pitched 10 innings this year (half in the minors, half here) so looks like he might be an opener. Time to give him an ERA.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Games #28 and 29- Toronto Blue Jays (17-12) @ Cleveland Guadians (13-14) - game recap (record will reflect what it was at the end of the 2nd game

 

Kevin Gausman threw 6 strong innings in the first game of today's double header. The Blue Jays and Guardians split the two games with the Blue Jays taking the first game 8-3 and the Guardians winning the second game 8-2

The Blue Jays played their 1st double header of the season after yesterday's game was rained out. Teoscar Hernandez was activated off the IL and was the 27th man for today's double header. Gosuke Katoh was claimed off waivers by the Mets. Kevin Gausman started the 1st game and Ross Stripling was on the bump for the second game. Zack Collins caught the 1st game and Alejanrdo Kirk (who was DH in the 1st game) was behind the plate in the 2nd game. George Springer played in CF the 1st game and DH'd the 2nd game (Bradley Zimmer played CF the 2nd game). Raimel Tapia was in RF the 1st game and Hernandez played RF the 2nd game. Julian Merryweather was optioned to AAA after pitching 2 innings in the 1st game and Ryan Borucki was activated from the 10-day IL. Could  the Blue Jays sweep the double header? Here is/are the game recap(s).

Double Header splendor! Game 28 & Game 29 Blue Jays (16-11) at Guardians (12-13)

 


Progressive Field, Cleveland

2:10 pm EDT

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Game #27- Toronto Blue Jays (16-11) @ Cleveland Guadians (12-13) - game recap

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in a pair of runs and scored twice in a 6-5 loss to the Guardians

After narrowly defeating the Yankees last night to stave off being swept for the first time this season, the Blue Jays hit the road, opening a 4-game series in Cleveland. The Blue Jays were 5-2 last season against the Guardians (formerly known as the Indians), outscoring the Ohio-based squad 40-22. Jose Berrios got the start. George Springer got the complete day off with Bradley Zimmer in CF. Zack Collins served as DH. Could the Blue Jays make it two in a row and start the road trip with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #27! Torontonians @ Clevelanders

 


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Game #26- New York Yankees (18-7) @ Toronto Blue Jays (record) - game recap

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in the winning run in the 4th innning as the Blue Jays edged the Yankees 2-1

After a blowout loss to the Yankees yesterday, the Blue Jays were looking to avoid being swept for the first time this season. Lefty Andrew Vasquez was optioned to AAA-ball. Infielder Kosuke Katoh was DF'A'd. Righty Casey Lawrence was recalled from AAA-ball. Yusei Kikuchi got the start with Tyler Heineman behind the plate. George Springer got the half day off with Bradley Zimmer in CF. Vinny Capra got the start in RF. Could the Blue Jays avoid being swept and end the home stand with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Game #25- New York Yankees (18-6) @ Toronto Blue Jays (15-10) - game recap

 

Alek Manoah pitched 6 strong innings in a 9-1 blowout loss to the Yankees

After dropping the game yesterday on a late run by the Yankees, the Blue Jays were looking to even the series against the Yankees for the chance to keep the streak of series wins alive. The Blue Jays have won every series this season except the four-game series @ Yankee Stadium April 11-14 (the two teams split that series). Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Zack Collins served as DH tonight. Could the Blue Jays win to set up a rubber match? Here is tonight's game recap. 

Game#25! Quick and Painless -- Yanks & Jays


Monday, May 2, 2022

Game #24- New York Yankees (17-6) @ Toronto Blue Jays (15-9) - game recap

 

Bo Bichette scored a run and drove in a run in a 3-2 loss to the Yankees

After taking 2 of 3 from the Astros over the weekend to secure their first season series win of the season and the all-important tiebreaker, the Blue Jays opened a three-game set against the Yankees. The two squads split a 4-game series at Yankee Stadium a couple of weeks ago. Ross Stripling got the start. It'll likely be his final start as Hyun-jin Ryu is nearing a return from the 10-day IL. Ryu is recovering from a forearm strain. Tyler Heineman got the start behind the plate. George Springer was in CF after playing RF yesterday. Raimel Tapia got the start in RF. Alejandro Kirk DH'd tonight. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was back  in LF after DH'ing yesterday. Could the Blue Jays make it 3 wins in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #23! Bludgeon! -- New York Yankees (16-6) @ Toronto Blue Jays (15-8)

 


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Game #23- Houston Astros (11-11) @ Toronto Blue Jays (15-8) - game recap

 

Kevin Gausman threw 7 strong innings as the Blue Jays edged the Astros 3-2 for their first season series win of the season.

After edging the Astros yesterday on a pair of George Springer solo shots and a solid pitching effort all around, the Blue Jays wrapped up the weekend set against Houston and were looking to earn the first season series win of the season. The win would also give them the tiebreaker over the Astros. Kevin Gausman got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field playing RF after DH'ing yesterday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got the half day off as DH with Vinny Capra, who was making his big league debut, in LF. Could the Blue Jays make it two in a row and notch their first season series win of the season? Here is today's game recap.

Game #23! We are going streaking! Up the quad to the gymnasium. -- Houston Astros (11-10) @ Toronto Blue Jays (14-8)

 


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Game #22- Houston Astros (11-10) @ Toronto Blue Jays (14-8) - game recap

  

George Springer hit a pair of solo HR as the Blue Jays edged the Astros 2-1

After dropping the opener of the weekend set against the Astros after Yusei Kikuchi had a rough outing, allowing 4 runs and walking 3 and Trevor Richards spotting Houston 5 runs on a pair of HR to put the game out of reach, the Blue Jays were looking to even the series and guarantee a draw in the season series with a win today. Ace Jose Berrios was on the bump with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer got the half day off as DH with Bradley Zimmer in CF. The rest of the lineup was the same as yesterday. Could the Blue Jays even the weekend series? Here is today's game recap.

Game#22! A Nice Warm Bowl of Berry-O's. -- Houston Astros (11-9) @ Toronto Blue Jays (13-8)

 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Game #21- Houston Astros (11-9) @ Toronto Blue Jays (13-8) - game recap

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a 3-run HR in an 11-7 loss to the Astros

After a 1-0 shutout win on a pitching clinic from Alek Manoah, Adam Cimber and Jordan Romano to earn the Blue Jays their 5th series win and first series win of a four-game series, the Blue Jays opened a weekend set against the Astros and were looking for their 2nd straight win. Prior to the game, the Blue Jays optioned righty Bowden Francis to AAA-ball and called up infielder Vinny Capra to the big club. Yusei Kikuchi got the start with Tyler Heineman behind the plate. Vlad was back in the lineup and at 1B after missing yesterday after fouling a ball off his foot. George Springer was back in CF after DH'ing yesterday. Zack Collins served as DH tonight. Could the Blue Jays make it two wins in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #21! The Vinny Capra Era Begins -- Houston Astros (10-9) @ Toronto Blue Jays (12-7)

 



Thursday, April 28, 2022

Game #20- Boston Red Sox (8-12) @ Toronto Blue Jays (13-7) - game recap

 

Alek Manoah threw 7 shutout innings in a 1-0 shutout win over the Red Sox. It was the 5th series win of the season for the Blue Jays, who have won 5 of 6 series this season.

After dropping yesterday's game against the Red Sox, the Blue Jays were trying for their 5th series win and first series win of a 4-game series. Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer got the half day off with Bradley Zimmer in CF. Vlad got the full day off with Gosuke Katoh at 1B. Could the Blue Jays notch their 5th series win? Here is today's game recap.

Game 20! - Boston Red Sox (8-11) @ Toronto Blue Jays (12-7)

 



Thu, Apr 28 • 3:07 PM EDT
At SkyDome
Garrett Whitlock (1-0, 0.66 ERA, 18 SO) vs Alex Manoah (3-0, 2.00 ERA, 18 SO)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Game #19 - Boston Red Sox (8-11) @ Toronto Blue Jays (12-7) - game recap

 

George Springer had a couple of hits i a 7-1 loss to the Red Sox

After another late inning rally to defeat the Red Sox, the Blue Jays were looking to keep it rolling with their third straight win overall and 5th straight over the Red Sox. A win would also mean5 series wins to start the season out of 6. Ryan Borucki was placed on the 10-day IL with a blister. Lefty Andrew Vasquez was recalled from AAA ball. Ross Stripling got the start with Tyler Heineman behind the plate. George Springer was back in CF after starting in LF yesterday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was back in the line up  after missing yesterday with a tight hamstring, Raimel Tapia was in RF. Gosuke Katoh was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays make it 3 straight wins? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #19! Heineman is the Captain Now -- Boston Red Sox (7-11) @ Toronto Blue Jays (12-6)

Monday, April 25, 2022

Game #17 - Boston Red Sox (7-10) @ Toronto Blue Jays (11-6) - game recap

 

Bo Bichette hit his first career grand slam in a 6-2 win over the Red Sox

After a successful 4-2 road trip in tough ball parks in Fenway Park and Minute Maid Park, the Blue Jays began a week of rematches with a four-game set against the Red Sox. Toronto took 2 of 3 in Boston and will be looking to continue their success against their AL East rivals. Ace Jose Berrios gets the ball to open the crucial series. Alejandro Kirk was back behind the plate after the day off yesterday. Vlad was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got the half day off as DH with Raimel Tapia in LF. Could the Blue Jays start the week and homestand with a win? Here is tonight's game  recap.

Game #17! Home Sweet Home -- Boston Red Sux (7-9) @ Toronto Bluejays (10-6)

 


Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.68 ERA) vs. Jose Berrios (1-0, 6.35 ERA)

Monday April 25, 2022. 7:07 pm ET. Skydome! Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Game #16 - Toronto Blue Jays (10-6) @ Houston Astros (7-8) - game recap

 

Zack Collins belted a 3-run HR in an 8-7 loss to the Astros

After another hard fought game which the Blue Jays won on the strength of a comeback and a superb bullpen. Today, the Blue Jays were looking for their first series sweep. Yusei Kiukuchi got the start with Zack Collins behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after missing 2 full games and DH'ing yesterday after getting hit in the forearm by a pitch Wednesday. Vlad got the half day off as DH with Cavan Biggio at 1B. Raimel Tapia was in RF. Could the Blue Jays make it 5 straight wins and their first series sweep of the season? Here is today's game recap.

Game #16! The Bludgeoning Begins -- Toronto Blue Jays (10-5) @ Houston Astros (6-8)

Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 3.24 ERA) vs. Luis Garcia (1-0, 2.79 ERA) 

Sunday April 24rd, 2022. 2:10 pm ET. Orange Juice Stadium, Texas.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Game #15 - Toronto Blue Jays (10-5) @ Houston Astros (6-8) - game recap

 

George Springer led off the game with a solo HR against his former team as the Blue Jays came from behind to defeat the Astros 3-2

After another huge win on the backs of a late run and a clutch pitching performance from Jordan "mr. automatic" Romano, the Blue Jays were looking for their 4th straight win overall and 4th series win in 5 series this season. The only series where they did not win was the 4-game set in NY where they earned a series split vs. the Yankees. Alek Manoah got the start. George Springer returned to the lineup - facing his former team for the first time since signing with the Blue Jays in the 2021 off-season. He missed all six games vs. Houston with a nagging quad strain suffered towards the end of the 2021 spring traning. He missed yesterday and the series finale vs. Boston after getting drilled in the forearm by a fastball Wednesday. Springer served as DH today. Raimel Tapia got the start in CF and Cavan Biggio was in RF. Could the Blue Jays extend the win streak to 4 games? Here is today's game recap.

Game #15! The Return of Curious George -- Toronto Blue Jays (9-5) @ Houston Astros (6-7)

 

Alek Manoah (2-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Jose Urquidy (1-1, 7.00 ERA) 

Saturday April 23rd, 2022. 4:10 pm ET. Orange Juice Stadium, Texas.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Game #14 - Toronto Blue Jays (9-5) @ Houston Astros (6-7) - game recap

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored the game winning run as the Blue Jays came from behind to edge the Astros 4-3

The Blue Jays continued the road trip travelling to Houston. This series will be particularly meaningful for George Springer, who will get to play his former team for the first time since he signed with Toronto in the 2021 off-season. He was rehabbing a calf injury both times the Blue Jays played Houston in the 2021 season. Springer did make the trip out to Houston in 2021 - he just didn't play. He is not starting tonight as the Blue Jays take extra precaution after Springer was hit by a pitch Wednesday in Boston. This will be a good test for the Blue Jays and could be a team they meet in the playoffs. Last season, the Astros won 4 of  the 6 meetings in the season series, outscoring the Blue Jays 42-26. Ross Stripling got the start with Alejandro Kirk.behind the plate. Raimel Tapia was in RF. Santiago Espinal was at 2B. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday (Zack Collins was DH tonight). Could the Blue Jays make it a season-high 3 wins in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game#14! Everything's Bigger in Texas -- Toronto Blue Jays (8-5) @ Houston Astros (6-6)

 


Ross Stripling (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (1-1, 0.69 ERA) 

Friday April 22, 2022. 8:07pm ET. Orange Juice Stadium, Texas.