Monday, August 29, 2022

Game #127- Chicago Cubs (55-74) @ Toronto Blue Jays (69-58) - game recap


Danny Jansen drove in four runs and scored once in a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Cubs in 11 innings

After another loss to extend the losing streak to three games and being swept for the 4th time this season, the Blue Jays began a three-game series against the Cubs. The Blue Jays were swept by the Cubs last time these two teams met in 2017 with the Cubs outscoring the Blue Jays 17-12. The Blue Jays claimed Bradley Zimmer off waivers from the Phillies. Jose Berrios got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate.Teo got the full day off to rest his sore foot with Raimel Tapia in RF. Cavan Biggio was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays snap the 3 game skid? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Cubs opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd on a ground out by Wilson Contreras that scored Alfonso Rivas.
  • The Cubs added a run in the top of the 4th as Nico Hoerner singled scoring Seiya Suzuki
  • The Cubs added a pair of runs in the top of the 6th as PJ Higgins doubled scoring Franmil Reyes and Rafael Ortega
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 5.2IP 10H 4R (all earned) 1BB 4K 102 pitches (69 for strikes)
  • Javier Assad pitching line: 5IP 4H 0R 2BB 1K 80 pitches (44 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got three back in the bottom of the 7th as Danny Jansen hammered a 3-run bomb to the second deck in left-center; also scoring Matt Chapman and Raimel Tapia
  • Thr Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom of the 8th as Chapman singled scoring Cavan Biggio 
  • The Blue Jays walked it off in the bottom of the 11th as Jansen singled home Santial Espinal
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Cubs 4

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios battled through 5.2 innings, giving up 4 runs on 10 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. Not his best start, not his worst start. Berrios was able to escape innings with minimal or no damage.  Unfortunately, Tim Mayza gave up an RBI double to tack on two more runs to Berrios' pitching line.
  • Other than the RBI double Mayza gave up, the bullpen limited the Cubs to two hits and two intential walks over the last 4.1 innings. 
  • The Blue Jays evidently took manager John Schneider's words about focusing to heart. They came up with several defensive gems; a diving catch by George Springer, a heads up play by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the 11th to nail Franmil Reyes at Second base and a snag of a sharp line drive in the 10th to erase the ghost runner and get two outs right away 
  • Danny Jansen was the big hero tonight. A three-run bomb in the 7th to get the Blue Jays within one and driving in the winning run in the 11th with a clutch base hit 
  • Every Blue Jays starter except George Springer had at least one hit 
  • The Mariners, Orioles and Rays were all idle so the Blue Jays gained a half game on all three iu the WC standings 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for two straight wins and their 19th series win of the season. They'll be facing former teammate Marcus Stroman. The Blue Jays will counter with righty Kevin Gausman