Sunday, April 14, 2024

Game #16 - Colorado Rockies (4-12) @ Toronto Blue Jays (8-8) - game recap


Justin Turner drover in three runs in a 5-0 shutout win over the Rockies

After a solid in thanks to a 5-run effort in the 1st inning by the offence yesterday, the Blue Jays were looking for their 2nd straight win, 2nd series win and 1st season series win of 2024. Ace Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Kevin Kiermaier was back in CF after a day off yesterday. Justin Turner served as DH. Ernie Clement was at the hot corner and Isiah Kiner-Falefa was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays make it two straight wins, 2 series win and a season series win? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Justin Turner singled scoring George Springer.
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 3rd as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Kevin Kiermaier 
  • Two batters later, Turner doubled home Guerrero Jr. 
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 5th as Turner singled scoring Springer
  • Kyle Freeland pitching line: 5IP 7H 4R (all earned) 2BB 3K 95 pitches (56 for strikes)
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 7IP 2H 0R 2BB 7K 100 pitches (66 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 8th as Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled scoring Ernie Clement
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Rockies 0
My Take:

  • Jose Berrios was excellent today, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks and striking out 7 (he also hit a couple of batters). Berros has established himself as the Blue Jays best starter. He is also one of the best pitches in the game period and should be a contender for the Cy Young award if he continues his dominance - three wins, three quality starts.
  • The bullpen threw 2 shutout innings and Nate Pearson struck out the side in the 9th
  • Offensively, Justin Turner did the damage, driving in three runs. By far, he was the best signing by the Blue Jays to date.
  • Every Blue Jays starter except Davis Schneider had a hit 
  • The Blue Jays were 5-13 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for three straight wins. The Yankees took two of three from the Blue Jays a week ago, outscoring the Blue Jays 17-14. Chris Bassitt gets the start against Yankees righty Luis Gil