Monday, April 17, 2023

Game #17 - Toronto Blue Jays (10-7) @ Houston Astros (8-9) - game recap


Matt Chapman hit a solo HR in a 9-2 loss to the Astros

After dropping the series finale to the Rays, the Blue Jays hit the road for a week long road trip beginning tonight in Houston. The Blue Jays won the season series against the Astros 4-2, but the Astros outscored the Blue Jays 27-26. Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Vlad got the half day off tonight as DH with Brandon Belt at 1B. Daulton Varsho was in LF and Cavan Biggio was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays start the week with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Astros opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Jose Abreu doubled scoring Mauricio Dubon and Yordan Alvarez
  • Three batters later, Corey Julks doubled scoring Abreu and Kyle Tucker 
  • A batter later, Jake Meyers whacked a three-run blast to the opposite-field in right; also scoring Julks and Jeremy Pena
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 2nd as Matt Chapman hammered a solo bomb to the opposite field in right-center 
  • The Astros added a run in the bottom of the 3rd as Julks belted a solo bomb to dead center 
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 4.2IP 7H 8R (7 earned) 2BB 5K 93 pitches (55 for strikes)
  • Cristian Javier pitching line: 5IP 3H 1R (earned) 2BB 5K 97 pitches (57 for strikes)
  • The Astros added a run in the bottom of the 6th on a sac fly by Dubon that scored Meyers 
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 8th as Santiago Espinal annihilated a solo bomb to left
  • Final score: Astros 9 Blue Jays 2

My Take:

  • In a word, yikes! Kevin Gausman was lit up for 7 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and a catcher's interference call against Danny Jansen in the first inning alone, He allowed an 8th run on a Corey Julks solo jack. The Astros were jumping all over Gausman who was leaving way too many balls in the hitter's zone. It was by far Gausman's worst start of the season. Here's hoping he bounces back Sunday against an equally formidable Yankees lineup.
  • The bullpen held the Astros to a run on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7
  • The offense didn't generate much and did not capitlize on the rare opportunities they got, going 0-3 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to bounce back after back-to-back blowout losses. Chris Bassitt starts against Astros righty Jose Urquidy