Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Game #49 - Toronto Blue Jays (26-23) @ Tampa Bay Rays (35-15) - game recap


Danny Jansen was 3-6 wiith 3RBI and 3 runs scored in a 20-1 rout over the Rays 

After yet another loss, the Blue Jays were looking to snap a 5-game skid. Several roster moves were made ahead of today's game. First, Adam Cimber was reinstated from the 10-day IL with righty Thomas Hatch being sent back to AAA-ball. Otto Lopez was also sent back to AAA-ball with Ernie Clement being recalled from AAA-ball. Mitch White was transferred to the 60-day IL.Jose Berrios got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Vlad got the half day off as DH with Brandon Belt at 1B. Could the Blue Jays snap the 5-game skid? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 1st as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled scoring George Springer 
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 3rd as Springer bashed a solo blast to left
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 4th as Danny Jansen doubled scoring Whit Merrifield 
  • Two batters later, Springer singled home Jansen
  • Taj Bradley pitching line: 4IP 9H 4R (all earned) 0BB 7K 80 pitches (58 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a pair of runs in the top of the 5th as Daulton Varsho singled scoring Matt Chapman and Merrifield 
  • Two batters later, Varsho scored on a wild pitch by Zack Burdi
  • Same batter, Jansen scored on a sac fly by Kevin Kiermaier 
  • Two batters later, Springer scored on a wild pitch by Burdi
  • A batter later, Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Bo Bichette 
  • The Rays got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Isaac Paredes drilled a solo bomb to left
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 7IP 5H 1R (earned) 2BB 5K 91 pitches (60 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 8th as Chapman singled home Bichette 
  • The Blue Jays dded 4 runs in the top of the 9th on a grand slam to left that also scored Kiermaier, Nathan Lukes and Ernie Clement
  • Two batters later, Chapman smashed a 2-run blast to left; also scoring Cavan Biggio
  • Two batters later, Varsho singled scoring Merrifield 
  • A batter later. Jansen whacked a 2-run jack to left-center; also scoring Varsho
  • Final score: Blue Jays 20 Rays 1

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios quiety pitched a solid seven innings, giving up a run on five hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. His command was a bit of an issue with a hit batter and a pair of walks, but he was able to make putches when he had to in order to escape jams 
  • The bullpen also did irs jo, giving up a hit and a walk over the last 2 innings. Adam Cimber pitched the 9th to get some work in his first day off the IL
  • The story of the day was a HUGE offensive burst from the Blue Jays, who scored 20 runs on 27 hits. Vlad drove in 6 (including a grand slam), George Spinger drove in a pair and scored thrice, Matt Chapman drove in three and scored twice. Up and down the lineup, virtually everyone contributed/
  • Every Blue Jays starter had at least one hit, all but Brandon Belt scored at least once and all but Belt and Bo Bichette drove in at least one run
  • The Blue Jays were 9-14 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to make it two straiught wins. Yusei Kikuchi starts against Rays lefty Shane McClanahan