Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Game #37 - Toronto Blue Jays (21-16) @ Philadelphia Phillies (18-19) - game recap


Kevin Gausman threw 6 shutout innings in a losing effort as the Philles came from behind to edge the Blue Jays 2-1 in 10 innings

After dropping the opening game of the mini series against the Phillies, thanks to a rough night by the pitchers, the Blue Jays were looking to split the mini 2-game series against the Phillies and end the road trip on a winning note. Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer remained out with a nagging injury (Cavan Biggio took his spot in RF). Whit Merriield was at 2B.  Could the Blue Jays split the series and end the road trip on a winning note? Here is tonight's game recap 

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 5th as Brandon Belt belted as right-center 
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 6IP 3H 0R 0BB 9K 99 pitches (74 for strikes)
  • Zack Wheeler pitching line: 7IP 3H 1R (earned) 1BB 7K 107 pitches (69 for strikes)
  • The Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the 9th as JT Realmuto doubled scoring Bryce Harper 
  • The Phillies walked it off in the bottom of the 10th on a throwing error by Bo Bichette that allowed Edmundo Sosa to score from 2nd base. just sliding under the tag of Danny Jansen
  • Final score: Phillies 2 Blue Jays 1 (10 innings)

My Take:

  • Kevin Gausman was excellent, throwing 6 shutout innings, scattering 3 hits, walking none and striking out 9. After allowing back-to-back singles in the 1st inning, Gausman retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced, allowing just a 2-out 6th inning double to Trea Turner
  • The bullpen blew this one with the normally reliable Jordan Romano blowing his second save of the season. Tim Mayza unfortunately was the victim of a throwing error by Bo Bichette, which allowed Edmundo Sosa to sprint home from 2nd base, just beating the tag of Danny Jansen on a close play at home.
  • Not much to speak of offensively from the Blue Jays tonight, other than a Brandon Belt solo jack in the 5th that almost held up as the difference in this one
  • Up next, after an off-day tomorrow, the Blue Jays return home to open a 10-game homestand that starts with a weekend set against the Atlanta Braves In 2021, the Blue Jays swept the season series against Atlanta, outscoring the Braves 43-20. Chris Bassitt starts Fridat against Braves righty Spencer Strider