Sunday, July 24, 2022

Game #96- Toronto Blue Jays (52-43) @ Boston Red Sox (48-47) - game recap


Raimel Tapia was 3-5 with 4 RBI and a run scored in an 8-4 victory over the Red Sox. It was the Blue Jays 6th straight win and 3rd series sweep of the season.

After another solid win backed by Alek Manoah's strong post-all-star performance of 6 solid innings and a three run 3rd inning, the Blue Jays were looking for their 6th straight win and 3rd series sweep of the season.Ross Stripling got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. 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. Cavan Biggio was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays complete the sweep and make it six straight wins? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Cavan Biggio singled scoring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer
  • Two batters later, Raimel Tapia tripled scoring Matt Chapman, Bo Bichette and Biggio 
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Xander Bogaerts singled home Jarren Duran
  • The  Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the 4th as Yolmer Sanchez singled scoring Franchy Cordero
  • Brayan Bello pitching line: 4IP 9H 5R (all earned) 2BB 2K 67 pitches (41 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 5th as Tapia singled scoring Teoscar Hernandez
  • A batter later, Chapman scored on a fielder's choice on a ball hit by Danny Jansen
  • Two batter's later, Guerrero Jr. singled home Tapis 
  • Ross Stripling pitching line: 4IP 5H 2R (both earned) 1BB 1K 62 pitches (38 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Alex Verdugo singled home Duran
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the 6th as Jackie Bradley Jr. smashed a solo blast to left-center 
  • Final score: Blue Jays 8 Red Sox 4

My Take:

  • Ross Stripling threw 4 innings, giving up a pair of runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1. He probably could have gone longer but there were several bullpen arms that needed work with strong starts in the first 2 games back from the all-star break.
  • The bullpen gave up a pair of runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8 over the final 5 innings. Most of that came against Trevor Richards, who gave up both runs and one of the walks. Tim Mayza was credited with the win. He is now 4-0 on the season. Adam Cimber bounced back from a rough outing yesterday by striking out the side to finish off the game,
  • Offensively, Raimel Tapia and Cavan Biggio did most of the damage, combining to drive in 6 of the runs. Tapia also scored once.
  • Every Blue Jays starter reached base at least once and all but Danny Jansen and Bo Bichette had at least one hit 
  • Up next, after an off-day tomorrow, the Blue Jays open a 2-game set against the Cardinals, who will be minus Paul Goldschmidt, Austin Romine, and Nolan Arenado due to being unvaccinated against COVID-19. Pitcher Johan Oviedo will also miss the series due to an expired Cuban passport. The Blue Jays and Cardinals split the two games in St. Louis back on May 23-24. The Blue Jays outscored the Cardinals 11-8. Tuesday's pitching matchup will be ace Jose Berrios going up against Cardinals righty Andre Pallante