Saturday, May 25, 2024

Game #51 - Toronto Blue Jays (23-28) @ Detroit Tigers (25-27) - game recap


Davis Schneider knocked in the Blue Jays only run in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers

 After a loss last night due to a late rally falling 4 runs short, the Blue Jays were looking to retake the series lead. Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Davis Schneider was back in the leadoff spot and in LF. Justin Turner moved up in the batting order to the 2nd spot. Ernie Clement was at the hot corner and IKF got the start at 2B. Could the Blue Jays retake the series lead? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the 1st as Kerry Carpenter whacked a 2-run blast to right; also scoring Matt Cahna
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 7th as Davis Schneider doubled scoring Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • Reese Olson pitching line: 6.1IP 3H 1R (unearned) 3BB 4K 93 pitches (59 for strikes)
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 7IP 7H 2R (both earned) 0BB 5K 83 pitches (58 for strikes)
  • Tyler Holton pitched a scoreless 9th for his 1st save of the season
  • Final score: Tigers 2 Blue Jays 1

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios threw 7 strong innings, giving up a pair of runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out 5. He fell behind early when he gave up a 2-run HR in the 1st inning, but he threw 6 shutout innings thee rest of the way to give his team every chance to comeback. It must have felt like deja vu from last October, except this time, John Schneider kept him in the game. Honestly, at this point, the Blue Jays might as well let the pitchers bat. I mean they can't do much worse than some of the plugs in the lineup currently
  • Jordan Romano threw a scoreless 8th, allowing a hit and striking out two. He likely would have pitched today regardless of where the game was at since he hasn't worked in a while since the Blue Jays were either leading by a lot or losing.
  • Like last night, the offense put together a late rally that fell short. The 7th inning saw Davis Schneider double in a run to put himself as the go-ahead run at 2nd base with 2 outs only for the rally to die on a ground out by Justin Turner. In the 9th, IKF doubled with one out, hustled to third on a sac fly and was stranded there when Danny Jansen struck out to end the game. I do like that the Blue Jays have been incorporating the bunt a little more and also running. Maybe the team should deploy the hit and run as well.
  • Vlad extended his hitting streak to 4 games
  • The Blue Jays were 1-11 with runners in scoring position
  • Also, the return of the home run jacket won't help - will just make the team look cocky when they get a home run when they are losing
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try and avoid their 8th series loss of the season. Yusei Kikuchi starts against Tigers righty Casey Mize