Friday, May 24, 2024

Game #50 - Toronto Blue Jays (23-27) @ Detroit Tigers (24-27) - game recap


Genesis Cabrera threw a perfect inning in a 6-2 loss to the Tigers

After A blowout win over the Tigers yesterday thanks to a team effort offensively and 6 strong innings from Kevin Gausman, the Blue Jays were looking to extend the win streak to 3 games. Alek Manoah got the start got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Daulton Varsho batted leadoff today. Justin Turner served as DH and the rest of the lineup was the same as yesterday. Could the Blue Jays make it 3 straight wins? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Tigers opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Colt Keith bashed a solo blast to right-center 
  • The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the 4th on a fielding error by Kevin Kiermaier on a ball hit by Matt Vierling that scored Riley Greene
  • A batter later, Matt Canha was forced in when Keith was hit by a pitch
  • Two batters later, Kerry Carpenter scored on a ground out on a ball hit by Zach McKinstry
  • The Tigers added a pair of runs in the bottom of the 5th as Carpenter drilled a 2-run jack to right-center; also scoring Canha
  • Kenta Maeda pitching line: 5IP 4H 0R 0BB 1K 74 pitches (49 for strikes)
  • Alek Manoah pitching line: 4.2IP 5H 6R (4 earned) 2BB 4K 97 pitches (60 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 9th as Davis Schneider singled scoring Ernie Clement 
  • A batter later, Alejandro Kirk singled home Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • Jason Foley got the lasst out for his 11th save of the season
  • Final score: Tigers 6 Blue Jays 2

My Take:

  • It's back to the drawing board for Alek Manoah, who was roughed up for 6 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4 over 4.2 innings pitched. It was the 4th inning where it felt like he wasn't going to get ouut of it. It was unfortunate that Kevin Kiermaier made a rare error on a fly ball he would have caught had Daulton Varsho not gotten in the way. a run scored on the play, then Manoah hit a batter  and then conceded a third run in the inning on a ground out. He was also taken deep twice for three more runs. A lot of fans were cautiously optimistic that Manoah was back to his 2021/22 form. Hopefully this is a minor blip in the road  and Manoah bounces back with a gem next week
  • The bullpen gave up 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2 over the last 3.1 innings. Genesis Cabrera was the only reliever to retire every batter he faced
  • Offensively, the team did next to nothing in the first 8 innings. A rally in the 9th fell 4 runs short. Seems like an odd decision to pull Davis Schneider out of the leadoff spot after two blowout wins.
  • Vlad is definitely doing his darndest to get picked as the Blue Jays all-star rep. He's now got hits in 3 straight games and 19 of his last 22 games.
  • The Blue Jays were 3-5 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to retake the series lead. Ace Jose Berrios starts against Tigers righty Reese Olson