Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Game #121- Toronto Blue Jays (66-55) @ Boston Red Sox (60-63) - game recap


Jackie Bradley Jr. was 2-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in his return to Fenway park. His new team, the Blue Jays, prevailed 9-3 over his former Red Sox team

After an off-day yesterday, the Blue Jays were looking to start the week with a win in Boston. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the 13 games in the season series so far and have outscored the Red Sox 82-42. Tim Mayza was activated from the 10 day IL. Zack Pop was optioned back to AAA-ball. Ross Stripling got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer was back in the lineup as DH after missing the last 2 games after he fouled a ball off his kneecap. Teo was back in the field after DH'ing Sunday after HE fouled a ball off his foot. Cavan Biggio was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays start the week with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Enrique Hernandez singled scoring Christian Arroyo
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the 3rd as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled scoring Jackie Bradley Jr.
  • Two batters later, Teoscar Hernandez singled scoring Gurriel Jr.
  • Two batters later, Alejandro Kirk was forced in on a bases loaded walk to Matt Chapman
  • A batter later, Cavan Biggio singled scoring Hernandez and Bo Bichette 
  • Two batters later, George Springer tripled home Chapman, Bradley Jr. and Biggio
  • Josh Winckowski pitching line: 2.2IP 6H 6R (all earned) 2BB 2K 61 pitches (34 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 7th as Bradley Jr. singled scoring Bichette 
  • Ross Stripling pitching line: 6IP 6H 1R (earned) 1BB 6K 86 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Franchy Cordero scored on a fielder's choce hit by Alex Verdugo. There was a throwing error by Biggo on the play that made the run unearned
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the 9th as Rafael Devers singled scoring Kevin Plawecki
  • Final score: Blue Jays 9 Red Sox 3

My Take:

  • Ross Stripling had another sharp outing, allowing a run on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 6. Stripling threw as many strikes as Red Sox starter Josh Wickowski threw pitches (61). Both starters allowed 6 hits, but the Blue Jays scored eight times in that inning, whereas the Red Sox managed just one run off Chicken Strip. He retired the last seven batters he faced
  • Yusei Yikes! The Blue Blue Jays lefty, banished to the bullpen after another dreadful start last week, Kikuchi was a disaster in a low-leverage appearance in the 7th inning today. He walked three batters, hit Alex Verdugo and was lucky the run charged against him was unearned due to a bad throw by Cavan Biggio. At this point, there's no way Kikuchi would be on a playoff roster. 
  • The bats exploded in the 3rd inning, lighting up Red Sox righty Josh Wickowski and reliever Austin Davis, scoring 8 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, capped off by a 3-run triple by George Springer
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. torched his former team, going 2-3, drawing a walk, driving in a run and scoring twice. The two runs scored both came in the 3rd inning.
  • Reese McGuire pitched a perfect 9 against his former teammates. He lined out to left to end the game
  • Every Blue Jays starter reached base at least once and all but Alejandro Kirk had at least one hit.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try for their second straight win. Jose Berrios starts against Red Sox righty Brayan Bello