Saturday, July 8, 2023

Game #90 - Toronto Blue Jays (49-41) @ Detroit Tigers (39-49) - game recap


Kevin Gausman threw 6 solid innings in a 2-0 shutout loss to the Tigers. It was the 7th time in franchise history that the Blue Jays have been no-hit.

After a blowout win yesterday thanks to a solid six inning effort from Alek Manoah and a combined 7 RBI from may Chapman and George Springer, the Blue Jays were going for 5 straight wins and 18 series wins and 9 season series wins. George Springer was placed on the paternity list and Nathan Lukes was recalled. Kevin Gausman got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate.  Cavan Biggio was in RF. The rest of the lineup was the same as yesterday's win. Could the Blue Jays made it 5 straight wins and 18 series wins and 9 season series wins?  Here is today's game recap

Game Highlights:

  • The Tigers opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Spencer Torkelson doubled scoring Riley Green
  • A batter later, Kerry Carpenter tripled home Torkelson
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 6IP 5H 2R (both earned) 2BB 7K 96 pitches (62 for strikes)
  • Matt Manning pitching line: 6.2IP 0H 0R 3BB 5K 91 pitches (57 for strikes)
  • Alex Lange pitched a perfect 9th for his 13th save of the season
  • Final score: Tigers 2 Blue Jays 0

My Take:

  • Kevin Gausman battled through 6 innings giving up a pair of runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7. You have to wonder if the soggy grind might have been a factor early on. Both pitchers had tough 1st innings. While Matt Manning was able to escape his jam without giving up a run or hit after hitting a batter and walking a batter to start the game, the Tigers scored twice on three hits and a walk in their opening inning at the plate. The weather improved and Gausman allowed just one more hit and walk the rest of the way retiring 8 in a row at one point.  Gausman finished his 1st half with a 7-5 record and a 3.03ERA over 19 starts. He will represent the Blue Jays at next week's all star game, likely pitching an inning
  • The bullpen game up a walk over the final 2 innings to keep the score close 
  • Offensively,  the Blue Jays did nothing.  Right off the bat they had runners on 1st and 2nd after Tigers starter Matt Manning hit a batter and walked a batter as he struggled to navigate a wet mound. All day long,  Blue Jays hitters were chasing pitches.  Would having George Springer in the lineup have made a difference?  Maybe. 
  • It is the 7th time in franchise history that an opposing pitcher or pitchers has/have thrown a no bitter against the Blue Jays
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to end the unofficial 1st half on a winning note and also notch their 18th series win and 9th season series win. Chris Bassitt starts against Tigers lefty Tarik Skubal