Monday, June 19, 2023

Game #74- Toronto Blue Jays (39-35) @ Miami Marlins (42-31) - game recap


Bo Bichette had a pair of hits in an 11-0 shutout loss to the Marlins

After brutally blowing a 6-run lead for a father's day loss, the Blue Jays flew to Miami to begin a three game set that began tonight. They were looking to snap a 2-game skid. In 2021, the Blue Jays swept the 4 game season series, outscoring the Marlins 16-8. Alejandro Kirk was placed on the 10 day IL with a left hand laceration.  Bowden Francis was optioned to AAA-ball. Tyler Heineman and Trent Thornton were recalled from AAA- ball Jose Berrios got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Matt Chapman was back in the lineup and at the hot corner after the full day off yesterday.  Cavan Biggio got the start at 2B. Could the Blue Jays snap the two game skid? Here is tonight's game recap. 

Game Highlights:

  • The Marlins opened the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd as Jorge Soler bashed a 2- run blast to left-center; also scoring Luis Arraez
  • The batters later, Garrett Cooper singled scoring Jesus Sanchez
  • The Marlins added a run in the bottom of the 4th on a sac fly by Soler that scored Jacob Stallings
  • Two batters later,  Jonathan Davis skid on a groundout hit by Sanchez
  • Bryan Hoeing pitching line: 4IP 3H 0R 0BB 5K 54 pitches (36 for strikes)
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 4IP 8H 5R (all earned) 1BB 4K 100 pitches (59 for strikes)
  • The Marlins added a run in the bottom of the 7th as Joey Wendle singled scoring Sanchez
  • A batter later,  Jon Berti singled home Cooper
  • Two batters later,  Arreaz singled scoring Wendle and Berti
  • Two batters later,  Bryan De La Cruz singled home Stallings
  • The Marlins added a run in the bottom of the 8th as Jacob Amaya singled scoring Garrett Hampson
  • Final score: Marlins 11 Blue Jays 0

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios was roughed up for 5 runs on 8 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4 over 4 innings.  His counterpart,  Bryan Hoeing pitched the same number of innings throwing half the pitches. Berrios is an inconsistent pitcher who can look like an all star one start and look like he belongs in the minors the next start.  Tonight,  it seems like Berrios got in a jam but really didn't have a pitch working to get out of the jam. He was very inefficient with his pitches,  hitting 100 pitches in just 4 innings.  The Blue Jays need pitchers to pitch deeper into games,  otherwise an already overworked bullpen won't be that effective or you'll see relievers getting hurt because they are being used too much
  • The bullpen wasn't much better tonight, giving up a further 6 runs on 11 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. To be fair, one of those runs came against position player Ernie Clement. Five of the runs were charged to nate Pearson,  who managed to get just one out while giving up 4 hits and a walk. Mitch White came in and gave up two hits for three of the runs charged to Pearson.  Trent Thornton, making his season debut,  gave up 2 hits over 2 innings and was easily the most effective of the relievers tonight
  • Offensively,  Bo Bichette was the only one with multiple hits on the night. George Springer, Daulton Varsho, Spencer Horwitz, Danny Jansen and Kevin Kiermaier each had one hit
  • The Blue Jays were 0-6 with runners in scoring position
  • This has to be the worst effort of the season.  It's pretty hard to do much worse than a shutout blowout loss
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to snap the three game skid.  Yusei Kikuchi starts against Marlins righty Eury Perez