Thursday, July 20, 2023

Game #97 - San Diego Padres (46-51) @ Toronto Blue Jays (54-43) - game recap


Santiago Espinal scored twice in a 4-0 shutout win over the Padres

After a tough shutout loss,  ruining a solid start by Jose Berrios, the Blue Jays were looking to snap the 2-game skid, avoid being swept for the 4th time this season and end the homestand with a win. Chris Bassitt got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Vlad was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday.  George Springer got the half day off as DH today with Jordan Luplow in RF. Whit Merrifield was in LF and Santiago Espinal was at 2B.  Could the Blue Jays snap the 2-game skid, avoid being swept for the 4th time and end the homestand on a winning note? Here is today's game recap. 

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Jordan Luplow singled scoring Santiago Espinal
  • Blake Snell pitching line: 5IP 5H 1R (earned) 7BB 4K 106 pitches. (55 for strikes)
  • Chris Bassitt pitching line: 6IP 4H 0R 1BB 5K 92 pitches (62 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 7th as Vladimir Guerrero Jr whacked a solo blast to the opposite field in right-center and into the Padres bullpen
  • The Blue Jays added a pair of runs in the bottom of the 8th as Alejandro Kirk bashed a 2-run blast to left and into the Blue Jays bullpen; also scoring Espinal
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 Padres 0

My Take:

  • Chris Bassitt threw 6 shutout innings, scattering 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 5. Bassitt got into jams in the 2nd, 4th,  and 6th innings, but was able to pitch his way out of the without giving up any runs.  Bassitt would be a likely option to start a wild card game
  • The bullpen allowed 2 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 1 over the last 3 innings. Jordan Romano made his first appearance of the 2nd half after being forced to leave his all star appearance after throwing just 6 pitches due to lower back stiffness
  • The offense today had a lot of missed opportunities and were generally unable to take advantage of a wild Blake Snell,  who walked 7 batters and also threw a wild pitch.  They were 1-7 with runners in scoring position
  • It was nice to see Jordan Luplow take advantage of playing time with a clutch RBI single
  • Vlad and Alejandro Kirk provided late insurance runs by going deep for three runs. 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays had west to Seattle where they will begin a 6- game western road trip.  The Blue Jays took two of three from the Mariners in Toronto at the end of April.  Both teams scored 12 runs. Yusei Kikuchi starts against Mariners righty Bryce Miller