Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Game #116- Baltimore Orioles (61-56) @ Toronto Blue Jays (62-54) - game recap


Ross Stripling threw 6.1 shutout innings in a 6-1 victory over the Orioles.

After another heartbreaking loss yesterday after some horrible defensive miscues, the Blue Jays were looking to avoid being swept for the 4th time this season and snap losing streaks of 5 straight vs. the Orioles and 3 straight overall. Ross Stripling was activated off the 10-day IL and made the start. Trent Thornton was optioned back to AAA-ball. Danny Jansen was behind the plate. George Springer was off completely today so Alejandro Kirk served as DH today. Raimel Tapia was in CF. Could the Blue Jays snap the losing streaks mentioned above, avoid being swept and end the home stand on a winning note? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • Austin Voth pitching line: 6IP 2H 0R 1BB 3K 86 pitches (55 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 7th as George Springer singled Teoscar Hernandez
  • A batter later, Santiago Espinal doubled scoring Bo Bichette and George Springer 
  • Four batters later, Danny Jansen scored on a bases loaded walk to Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
  • A batter later, Alejandro Kirk doubled scoring Matt Chapman and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 
  • Ross Stripling pitching line: 6.1IP 1H 0R 0BB 7K 72 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • Final score: Blue Jays 6 Orioles 1

My Take:

  • Ross Stripling was perfect through 6 innings and was removed from the game a batter after giving up a single to break up the perfect game. Coming off an injury to his butt, the Blue Jays were probably planning to limit Strip today anyway. 
  • The bullpen held the Orioles to a run on 3 hits over the last 2.2 innings, all charged to Zach Pop, who gave up his first earned run in a Blue Jays uniform. David Phelps struck out the last two batters of the game in his scoreless inning.
  • The offence came in a huge six run 7th, George Springer got things started with a clutch RBI single to break the deadlock and scored a batter later on an RBI double by Santiago Espinal. After Dany Jansen walked and Matt Chapman sacrificed the body on a hit by pitch, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drew a walk to force in the 4th run. Alejandro Kirk capped off the scoring with a 2-run double 
  • It was nice to see the offensive outburst. The question is if it will be a one-off or the start of a streak that leads to separation in the wild card race.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays hit the road for a week long road trip, starting with a 4-game set that opens tomorrow in NY against the division-leading Bronx Bombers. The Yankees have won 8 of the 12 meetings in the season series thus far and have outscored the Blue Jays 60-35. Jose Berrios starts the opener of the series against Yankees righty Frankie Montas.