Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Game #140 - Toronto Blue Jays (77-62) @ Oakland A's (42-97) - game recap


Davis Schneider hit a solo HR in a losing effort as the A's came from behind to defeat the Blue Jays 5-2

After eking out a win on a late inning rally last last, the Blue Jays were going for their 4th straight win and 7th series sweep of the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu got the start with Tyler Heineman behind the plate. The rest of the lineup was the same as yesterday. Could the Blue Jays extend the win streak to 4 games and complete their 7th series sweep? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 2ns as Ernie Clement singled scoring Cavan Biggio
  • The A's took the lead in the bottom of the 4th as Carlos Perez whacked a 2-run jack to left; also scoring Ryan Noda
  • JP Sears pitching: 5IP 4H 1R (earned) 4BB 3K 75 pitches (42 for strikes)
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching line: 5IP 5H 2R (boh earned) 1BB 5K 77 pitches (50 for strikes)
  • The A's added 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th as Kevin Smith hammered a 3-run bomb to left-center; also scoring Jordan Diaz and Perez
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 8th as Davis Schneider bashed a solo blast to left
  • Trevor May pitched a scoreless 9th for his 18 save of the season
  • final score: A's 5 Blue Jays 2

My Take:

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 5 solid innings giving up a pair of runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. Ryu retired the first seven batters he faced. He should have some interested teams contact him in the off-season as he has proven to be solid in his first few starts since returning from Tommy John surgery.
  • The bullpen gave up 3 runs on three hits (all three runs were charged to Trevor Richards, who gave up a 3-run HR). Chad Green and Jay Jackson both threw perfect innings and cobined to strike out 3
  • Offensively, the rookies did the damage with Ernie Clement driving in a run in the 2nd inning and Davs Schneider whacking a solo jack in the 8th.
  • Cavan Biggio (2 hits) and Schneider (a HR and 2 walks) were the only Blue Jays batters to reach base multple times
  • In terms of the WC race, the Red Sox and Rangers lost and the Mariners and Astros won. The Astros are trending up and the Rangers and Red Sox are trending down. The Blue Jays have a massive home stand looming with 4 against the Rangers, who won 2/3 against the Blue Jays earlier this season, and 3 against the Red Sox, who have won 7 of 10 with every series ending in a sweep thus far.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head home to begin a crucial 10 games in 10 day stretch. The homestand begins Friday against the Royals. The Blue Jays won three of four against the Royals waaayyy back in the opening week of the season, outscoring the Royals 18-13. Yusei Kikuchi starts for the Blue Jays. The Royals haven't set their rotation for the series.