Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Game #122- Toronto Blue Jays (67-55) @ Boston Red Sox (60-64) - game recap

George Springer scored a run and drove in a run in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Red Sox in 10 innings

After a solid win due to an 8 run 3rd inning, the Blue Jays were looking for their 2nd straight win and their 18th series win of the season. Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Springer was in the lineup for the second straight day - a rarity lately as he battles some owies. Whit Merrifield was at second base. Jackie Bradley Jr. was in CF Could the Blue Jays make it 3 straight wins and 18 series wins? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Franchy Cordero hsmmrrered a solo bomb over the green monster in left; also scoring Enrique Hernandez
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 4th as Alejandro Kirk singled scoring George Springer 
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the 5th as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Whit Merrifield
  • Brayan Bello pitching line: 5IP 6H 2R (both earned) 1BB 7K 65 pitches (46 for strikes)
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 6IP 5H 2R (both earned) 1BB 6K 87 pitches (56 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 10th as Springer doubled home Jackie Bradley Jr.
  • Jordan Romano threw a scoreless 9th for his 27th save of the season. 
  • Final score: Blue Jays 3 Red Sox 2 (10 innings)

My Take:

  • The good Jose Berrios was pitching today. The embattled righty, who has had a few clunkers this season, including not being able to get out of the 1st inning on opening day, gave up a pair of runs on 5 hits while walking one and striking out 6. The two starters basilly mirrored each others pitching line. Berrios allowed one less hit, struck out 1 less batter and had a slightly worse ball-strike differential (Berrios threw 31 more strikes than balls. Red Sox starter Brayan Bello threw 19 more strikes than balls). Berrios will almost certainly start a wild card game, but perhaps not the first game given his inconsistency start-to-start.
  • The bullpen held the Red Sox to 4 hits and 3 walka (2 intentional) while srriking out 4 over the final 4 innings. Tim Mayza had his first appearance since he came off the IL yesterday. He allowed 2 hits in 1/3 inning. Mayza was extremely fortunate it was his non-throwing shoulder he dislocated back on August 6th when trying to make a play at the plate, otherwise he almost certainly would have missed much more time. Adam Cimber was credited with his 10th win of the season, putting him 8 wins back of the MLB record for wins by a reliever, currently held by Roy Face of the Pirates, who notched 18 wins in 1959. Jordan Romano notched his 27th save of the season. Hopefully John Schneider doesn't ask him to pitch multiple innings too often
  • George Springer had a big day, scoring the Blue Jays 1st run and driving in the 3rd and winning run in the 10th inning. Springer is certainly one of the better players in the league when less than full health. One has to wonder how good he'd be fully healthy. MVP is a distinct possiility 
  • It muat have felt good scoring the winning run against a former team. That's what Jackie Bradley did tonight. He was the ghost runner on second in the 10th inning after he made the final out in the 9th inning.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays wrap up the season series at Fenway park (they'll face the Red Sox three more times October 1-3 in Toronto). Tomorrow night, the Blue Jays will be looking for their 3rd straight win and their 4th series sweep of the season. Kevin Gausman starts against Red Sox righty Kutter Crawford