Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Game #31 - Kansas City Royals (18-13) @ Toronto Blue Jays (15-16) - game recap


Bo Bichette drove in the only Blue Jays run in a 4-1 loss to the Royals

After a huge win last night thanks to Justin Turner's 2 HR for 3 runs,  the Blue Jays were looking to extend the win streak to 3 games,  notch their 5th series win and set up a rubber match for the season series win. Yariel Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day with thoracic spine inflammation. Reliever Zach Pop was recalled to take his place on the roster  Ace Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Bo Bichette was back in the lineup and at SS after the complete day off yesterday. George Springer was in CF and Cavan Biggio was in RF. Ernie Clement was at the hot corner and IKF was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays extend the win streak to 3 games, notch their 5th series win of the season and set up a rubber match for the season series win? Here is tonight's game recap. 

Game Highlights:

  • The Royals opened the scoring in the top of the 2nd as Michael Massey whacked a 2-run blast to right-center; also scoring Salvador Perez
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom of the 6th as Bo Bichette singled scoring Isiah-Kiner Falefa
  • Cole Ragans pitching line: 6.2 IP 4H 1R (earned) 3BB 9K 105 pitches (68 got strikes)
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 7IP 5H 2R (both earned) 1BB 3K 92 pitches (58 for strikes)
  • The Royals added a run in the top of the 8th as Bobby Witt Jr. doubled scoring Maikel Garcia
  • A batter later, Vinnie Pasquantino doubled home Witt Jr.
  • James MacArthur pitched a perfect 9th for his 7th save of the season
  • Final score: Royals 4 Blue Jays 1

My Take:

  • After having his last start shortened due to inclement weather, Jose Berrios was solid tonight, giving up a pair of runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three. Beriios retired 9 in a row after giving up the 2-run HR. Apparently mother nature is the only thing that can slow the Blue Jays ace down. That and lack of run support.
  • Thr bullpen gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1. Both runs were charged to Erik Swanson, who has not looked like himself since returning from injury that delayed his season start a couple of weeks. You almost hope he is playing though something.
  • Offensively, not much there again. Bo Bichette drove in the only run with an RBI single and was the only Blue Jay to reach base more than once.
  • The Blue Jays were 1-3 with runners in scoring position.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try for their 5th series win to end the homestand. Chris Bassitt starts against Royals righty Seth Lugo