|Alek Manoah pitched into the 6th inning in a 4-2 come-from behind loss to the Tigers. Manoah left the game in the 6th inning after getting hit in his pitching elbow by a hard comebacker|
And the Blue Jays have reached the century mark in games played. After a huge win yesterday on the back of a pair of Matt Chapman home runs and 5 solid innings from Yusei Kikuchi, the Blue Jays were looking for 2 straight wins. Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Not surprisingly George Springer was out of the lineup tonight after exiting early last night with that troublesome elbow. Raimel Tapia took his spot in CF. Bo Bichette also had the complete day off with Santiago Espinal at SS and Cavan Biggio at 2B. Zack Collins served as DH tonight. Could the Blue Jays make it 2 wins in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.
- The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Matt Chapman hammered a solo bomb to dead center
- The Tigers tied the game in the top of the 3rd as Victor Reyes doubled scoring Riley Greene
- The Blue Jays retook the lead in the bottom of the 4th as Raimel Tapia singled scoring Lourdes Gurriel Jr.)
- Bryan Garcia pitching line: 3.2IP 3H 2R (both earned) 2BB 3K 68 pitches (38 for strikes)
- The Tigers took the lead in the top of the 5th as Harold Castro singled home Reyes and Greene
- The Tigers added a run in the top of the 6th as Castro smashed a solo blast to right
- Alek Manoah pitching line: 5.1IP 7H 4R (all earned) 1BB 4K 87 pitches (55 for strikes)
- Gregory Soto threw a perfect 9th for his 19th save of the season
- Final score: Tigers 4 Blue Jays 2
- Alek Mamoah threw 5.1 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. The bigger concern is that Manoah was forced to leave a batter after the final run he gave up after getting hit by a hard comebacker. The next several days will determine how many, if any, starts Manoah misses. At the very least, he'll have a nice bruise where he was hit and will doubtless be sore the next few days.
- The bullpen kept the score right where it was, holding the Tigers to 2 hits and 3 walks over the final 3.2 innings
- Unfortunately, the offence didn't do a whole lot outside a Matt Chapman solo shot in the 2nd and a Raimel Tapia RBI single in the 4th. In fact, after the 4th inning, the Blue Jays had just 2 base runners
- They got help in the wild card race with the Mariners, Rays and Yankees all losing tonight.
- Up next, the Blue Jays go for season series win #8. Ross Stripling starters against ex-Blue Jays righty Drew Hutchinson. The Tigers righty pitched parts of 4 seasons with the Blue Jays between 2012 and 2016. Hutchison missed the entire 2013 season after tommy john surgery in 2012. He had a record of 30-21 with a 4.92ERA in 76 appearances (73 of them starts)