Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Game #12 - Seattle Mariners (4-8) @ Toronto Blue Jays (6-6) - game recap


Bo Bichete hit a 2-run HR in a 5-3 win over the Mariners

After a solid win thanks to 6.2 shutout innings from Jose Berrios and some timely hitting, the Blue Jays were going for their 1st series win and first multi-game win streak. Chris Bassitt got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Davis Schneider was in LF. Could the Blue Jays make it two straight wins and notch their 1st series win of the season? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd as George Springer singled scoring Daulton Varsho (this was made possible due to a disengagement violation that put Springer on 2B
  • Two batters later, Bo Bichette hammered a 2-run bomb to the second deck in left-centerl; also scoring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 4th as Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled scoring Cavan Biggio 
  • Two batters later, Springer singled home Kiner-Falefa
  • Kirby George pitching line: 4IP 8H 5R (all earned) 0BB 3K 87 pitches (54 for strikes)
  • The Mariners got one back in the top of the 7th as Dominic Canzone whacked a solo blast to the opposite field in left-center
  • Chris Bassitt pitching line: 6.2 IP 5H 1R (earned) 4BB 8K 115 pitches (72 for strikes)
  • The Mariners got a pair back in the top of the 8th as Mitch Haniger whacked a solo blast to the opposite field in left; also scoring Julio Rodriguez
  • Chad Green got the last 4 outs for his 2nd save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Mariners 3

y  Take:

  • Chris Bassitt had his best start of the season, giving up a run on 5 hits while walking 4 and striking out 8. The lone run he gave up was in his final inning. It is interesting that John Schneider and co. are letting the starters pttch deeper in games. A lack of trust in the bullpen may be a factor. Jordan Romano and Erik Swanson can't come back soon enough.
  • The bullpen gave up a pair of runs (given up on a 2-run HR by Trevor Richards) on 1 hit while walking 2 and striking out none over the last 2.1 innings. The team is definitely missing Jordan Romano and Erik Swanson. The bullpen has been forced to play out of their optimal roles with the Blue Jays closer and primary setup man rehabbing injuries. Swanson is a bit ahead of Romano, having pitched an inning in Single A a couple of days ago.
  • The offence jumped on Mariners starter George Kirby, scoring 5 runs on him through 4 innings on 8 hits. George Springer drove in a pair and Bo Bichette went yard for 2 runs.
  • The Blue Jays were 3-10 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try for their 3rd straight win and to complete their 1st series sweep of the season. Yusei Kikuchi faces his former team. The Mariners will counter with righty Logan Gilbert.