Saturday, July 16, 2022

Game #92- Kansas City Royals (36-55) @ Toronto Blue Jays (49-43) - game recap


Teoscar Hernandez drove in the winning run in a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Royals in 10 innings 

After a huge win over the Royals on the back of 3-run home runs from Teo and Matt Chapman. Alek Manoah also contributed with 7 strong innings. Every Blue Jays starter had at least one hit. Today, the Blue Jays were looking to keep it going with their second straight win. The Blue Jays and Royals swapped pitchers with the Blue Jays receiving lefty Foster Griffin and the Royals receiving righty Jonatan Bernal. Griffin was optioned to AAA-ball. Sergio Romo was DF'A. Jeremy Beasley was recalled from AAA-ball. Max Castillo got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Alejandro Kirk served as DH today. Santiago Espinal was back at 2B after the day off yesterday. Could the Blue Jays make it two straight wins? Here is today's game recap.  

Game Highlights:

  • The Royals opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd as Bobby Witt Jr. singled scoring Freddy Fermin
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom half of the inning as Alejandro Kirk singled scoring Danny Jansen
  • The Royals took the lead in the top of the 4th as Ryan O'Hearn tripled home Edward Olivares
  • A batter later, O'Hearn scored on a sac fly by Nate Eaton
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom half of the inning as George Springer singled scoring Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Santiago Espinal
  • Max Castillo pitching line: 3IP 5H 3R (all earned) 0BB 1K 53 pitches (34 for strikes)
  • Daniel Lynch pitching line: 3.2IP 6H 3R (all earned) 2BB 5K 76 pitches (44 for strikes)
  • Royals Manager Mike Matheny was ejected at the end of the top half of the 6th inning. He was arguing the batter's interference call that ended the inning
  • The Royals took the lead in the top of the 10th as Vinnie Pasquantino whacked a 2-run blast to right; also scoring Brewer Hicklen
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled scoring Springer
  • A batter later, Raimel Tapia singled home Guerrero Jr.
  • Two batters later, Teoscar Hernandez singled home Raimel Tapia 
  • Final score: Blue Jays 6 Royals 5

My Take:

  • Max Castillo threw 3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 1. He dealt with baserunners in every inning but the 2nd. The Blue Jays need to find another starter in the coming weeks otherwise the bullpen will be shot by August or September.
  • The bullpen was steady through 9 innings, holding the Royals to 3 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings while walking 2 and striking out 7. Unfortunately, Jordan Romano gave up a 2-run shot with 2 outs in the 10th inning. 
  • The Blue Jays would not be denied victory on this day. After already erasing two earlier deficits, the Blue Jays had the exact right man leading off. Vlad ended 2 other extra inning games when he had the opportunity. Today, on the fifth pitch he saw, he laced a double to center to cut the deficit in half. The next batter, Raimel Tapia then singled home Vlad. After Bo slapped a single to move Tapia into scoring position, Teo bounced a ball past shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. game over.
  • It was nice to beat a former teammate for once. The pitcher on the mound for the Royals in the 10 was Joel Payamps, who pitched in 22 games for the Blue Jays last year and was 0-2 with a 2.70ERA as a Blue Jay 
  • Every Blue Jays starter, expect Matt Chapman and Danny Jansen had at least one hit. Jansen did draw a pair of walks.
  • With the win, the Blue Jays have now won 6 season series.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for win #50 and their 3rd straight win. Ace Jose Berrios starts against Royals lefty Kris Bubic.