Saturday, July 23, 2022

Game #95- Toronto Blue Jays (52-43) @ Boston Red Sox (48-47) - game recap


Alek Manoah threw 6 strong innings in a 4-1 come-from-behind win over the Red Sox

After shellacking the Red Sox yesterday in the biggest victory of the season in so many ways, the Blue Jays were looking to extend the win streak to 5 games and win their 16th series of the season. Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer was back in the lineup after missing the last 2 games with a nagging elbow injury. Vlad got the half day off as DH with Cavan Biggio at 1B. Could the Blue Jays extend the win streak to 5 games and notch their 16th series win of the season? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Bobby Dalbec whacked a solo blast over the green monster in left
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the 3rd as Santiago Espinal singled scoring Matt Chapman
  • Two batters later, George Springer singled home Espinal
  • Two batters later, Biggio scored on a sac fly by Alejandro Kirk 
  • Kutter Crawford pitching line: 6IP 5H 3R (all earned) 1BB 4K 77 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • Alek Manoah pitching line: 6IP 7H 1R (earned) 0BB 7K 97 pitches (68 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 9th as Teoscar Hernandez doubled scoring Bradley Zimmer
  • Jordan Romano got the final 4 outs for his 21st save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 Red Sox 1

My Take:

  • Alek Manoah had a solid start in his first post-all star game, giving up a run on 7 hits while walking none and striking out 7 over 6 innings. He really only made the one mistake, a solo home run to Bobby Dalbec that went over the green monster. Manoah retired 5 in a row at one point and struck out the final 3 batters he faced.
  • The bullpen help the Red Sox to 2 walks and a hit batter over the final 4 innings while striking out 4. Jordan Romano made a huge pitch to end the 8th with runners on 1st and 2nd and the go-ahead run at the plate. He retired the side in order in the 9th.
  • A day after putting up a team-record 28 runs, the Blue Jays did most of the damage in a 3-run 3rd inning. They would add an insurance run in the 9th as well
  • After being the only Blue Jays starter to not drive in a run yesterday, Alejandro Kirk drove in the 3rd run of the day on a sac fly
  • George Springer began his second half with a 3rd inning RBI single. 
  • Every Blue Jays starter had a hit except Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Bo Bichette 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for 6 straight wins and their 4th series sweep of the season. Ross Stripling starts against Red Sox righty Brayan Bello