Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Game #116 - Toronto Blue Jays (65-51) @ Cleveland Guardians (55-60) - game recap


Kevin Gausnan threw 7 shutout innings in a 1-0 shutout win over the Guardians

After being shutout for the 6th time this season, the Blue Jays were looking to retake the season series lead. Kevin Gausman got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Davis Schneider got the start at 2B. Danny Jansen served as DH. Could the Blue Jays retake the season series lead? Here is tonight's game recap. 

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as George Springer smacked a solo blast to left-center
  • Logan Allen pitching line: 5IP 4H 1R (earned) 3BB 3K 87 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 7IP 4H 0R 0BB 6K 90 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • Jordan Hicks got the last out for his 11th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 1 Guardians 0

My Take:

  • Just like Yusei Kikuchi yesterday, Kevin Gausman was phenomenol tonight in another pitcher's duel that saw just a single run scored in the game. Gausman the seven shutout innings, scattering 4 hits, walking none and striking out 6. He had work a bit to get out of a 1st inning jam, but really didn't encounter much trouble after that inning. Gausman needed 26 pitches to get out of the inning to leave Steven Kwan stranded at 3rd base. After allowing a leadoff single in the 2nd inning,  Gausman retired 8 in a row and 18 of the last 19 batters he faced (Gausman actually picked off Oscar Gonzalez at 2nd base for his final out. I'm sure he wouldn't mind a bit more run support
  • The bullpen made the 1-0 lead hold up, allowing a pair of hits while walking none and striking out 2 over the last 2 innings. Tim Mayza was given the opportunity to close the game out. He retired 2 of the 3 batters he faced with John Schneider electing to go with the righty- righty match-up against Gonzalez, who popped out to Whit Merrifieldto end the game. 
  • George Springer went deep in the 1st inning and that was about it for the offense tonight.  The Blue Jays quickly loaded the bases on just 5 pitches in the 8th inning,  only to have Danny Jansen fly out (not deep enough for a sac fly) and rookie Davis Schneider to ground into an inning ending double play.  After a red hot weekend in Boston,  Schneider's bat has cooled off in Cleveland. He is now 0-6 this week, but did draw 2 walks tonight. 
  • The Blue Jays were 1-6 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try for two straight wins and their 23rd series win of the season. Alek Manoah starts against Indians righty Noah Syndergaard