Thursday, May 4, 2023

Game #32 - Toronto Blue Jays (18-14) @ Boston Red Sox (19-14) - game recap


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 2-4 with 2RBI and a run scored in a losing effort as the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 11-5

Another a third straight loss to the Red Sox, the Blue Jays were looking to snap the 4-game skid and avoid their 1st series sweep of the season. Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Cavan Biggio got the start at 2B and Brandon Belt served as DH. Could the Blue Jays snap the 4-game skid and avoid being swept for the first time this season? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Masataka Yoshida hammered a solo bomb to dead center 
  • The Red Sox added a run in the bottom of the 2nd as Reese McGuire singled scoring Triston Casas
  • A batter later, Enmanuel Valdez scored on a fielder's choice hit by Raimel Tapia 
  • A batter after that, Yoshida singled home Tapia
  • Two batters later, Rafael Devers doubled scoring Yoshida and Justin Turner 
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 4th as Vladimir Guerrero Jr, drilled a solo bomb to straightaway center 
  • The Red Sox added a run in the bottom half of the inning as Yoshida singled scoring Tapia 
  • Three batters later, Jarren Duran singled home Yoshida 
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 3.1IP 10H 8R (all earned) 1BB 2K 88 pitches (51 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 5th as Bo Bichette singled scoring Kevin Kiermaier 
  • A batter later, George Springer scored on a ground-rule double by Guerrero Jr. 
  • A batter after that. Bichette scored on a sac fly by Daulton Varsho
  • Brayan Bello pitching line: 5IP 6H 4R (2 earned) 1BB 5K 87 pitches (54 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox added a run in the bottom of the 8th as Turner singled scoring Tapia 
  • A batter later, Devers smashed a 2-run blast to right; also scoring Turner 
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 9th as Springer singled scoring Danny Jansen
  • Final score: Red Sox 11 Blue Jays 5

My Take:

  •  Kevin Gausnan had a rough start, getting lit up for 8 runs on 10 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 over 3.1IP. Normally Gausman is a great pitcher, but he clearly did not have his best stuff and he could not figure it out. He was even called for a pitch clock violation
  • The bullpen didn't fair much better. Tim Mayza allowed the 8th and final run charged to Gausman to score and he gave up 3 hits over 1.2 innings. Zack Pop gave up 3 runs on 2 hits, including a 2-run HR that was a no-doubter from Blue Jays killer Rafael Devers. Anthony Bass and Yimi Garcia were the only pitchers to retire every batter they face (of course Garcia faced just one batter)
  • Offensively, it was nice to see a big inning from the Blue Jays in the 5th inning. Vlad and Bo Bichette combined to go 4-10 with 3RBI and 2 runs scored. George Springer also scored and drove in a run
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head to Pittsburgh to try and snap the 5-game skid. The Blue Jays swept the season series last season, outscoring the Pirates 12-4. Chris Bassitt starts against Pirates lefty Rich Hill