Friday, May 5, 2023

Game #33 - Toronto Blue Jays (19-14) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (20-13) - game recap


Chris Bassitt threw 7 shutout innings in a 4-0 shutout win over the Pirates

After getting run out of Boston, losing all 4 games, the Blue Jays continued the road trip in Pittsburgh and were looking to snap a 5- game skid. The Blue Jays swept the season series last season, outscoring the Pirates 12-4. Chris Bassitt got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Daulton Varso was in CF and Whit Merrifield was in LF. Santiago Espinal got the start at 2B. Alejandro Kirk served as DH. Could the Blue Jays snap the 5-game skid? Here is tonight's game recap. 

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Bo Bichette
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 4th as Daulton Varsho doubled scoring Whit Merrifield 
  • The Blue Jays added a pair of runs in the top of the 5th as George Springer hammered a 2-run bomb to dead center; also scoring Santiago Espinal
  • Rich Hill pitching line: 5.1IP 8H 4R (all earned) 2BB 5K 89 pitches (63 for strikes)
  • Chris Bassitt pitching line: 7IP 4H 0R 4BB 5K 105 pitches (67 for strikes)
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 Pirates 0

My Take:

  • Chris Bassitt threw seven shurout innings, scattering 4 hits, walking 4 and striking out 5. It was a bit of a weird game for Bassitt, who was battling the strike zone a bit, but was able to make enough pitches to escape innings and keep the Pirates off the scoreboard.
  • The bullpen threw 2 perfect innings, striking out 2. It was a bounce-back game for Romano, who gave up a walk off HR against Boston in his last outing Monday. It's clear the rest helped Romano reset mentally and physically 
  • Offensively, Vlad got things started in the 1st inning with an RBI single (props to Bichette for hustling to beat the throw home). Daulton Varsho, who has also been swinging a hot stick lately. had an RBI double in the 4th.. George Springer capped off the scoring with a 2-run bomb to dead center 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to make it two straight wins and notch their 8th series win of the season. Jose Berrios starts against Pirates righty Johan Oveido