Sunday, May 26, 2024

Game #52 - Toronto Blue Jays (23-29) @ Detroit Tigers (26-27) - game recap


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 4-5 with a run scored and an RBI in a a losing effort as the Tigers came from behind to walk off the Blue Jays 14-11

After another brutal loss due to the inept offence that has been outscored by everyone but the White Sox and Mariners, the Blue Jays were looking to avoid their 8th series loss and to escape Detroit with a series split. Yusei Kuikuchi got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Daulton Varsho was in CF and Daniel Vogelbach served as DH. Cavan Biggio got the start in RF. Could the Blue Jays avoid their 8th series loss and earn the series split in Detroit.

Game Highlights:

  • The Tigers opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Javier Baez doubled scoring Spencer Torkelson and Wenceel Perez
  • Three batters later, Andy Ibanez singled scoring Baez and Jake Rogers
  • The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the 3rd as Torkelson hammered a solo bomb to left 
  • Yusei Kikuchi pitching line: 3IP 8H 5R (all earned) 0BB 0K 56 pitches (38 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got a pair back in the top of the 4th as Cavan Biggio drilled a 2-run bomb to right-center; also Ernie Clements
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 5th as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored on a ground out hit by Justin Turner
  • Casey Mize pitching line: 4.1IP 8H 3R (all earned) 2BB 0K 86 pitches (53 for strikes)
  • The Tigers added 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning as Carson Kelly belted a 3-run jack to left and into the Tigers bullpen; also scoring Mark Cahna and Gio Urshela
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 6th on a sac fly by Davis Schneider that scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • A batter later, Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Biggio 
  • The Tigers added a run in the bottom half of the inning as Matt Vierling smacked a solo blast to left and into the Tigers bullpen
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 7th as Kiner-Falefa whacked a solo-blast to left-center
  • The Blue Jays got a pair back in the top of the 8th as Bo Bichette singled scoring Schneider and Danny Jansen
  • Two batters later, Daulton Varsho belted a 3-run bomb to right-center; also scoring Bichette and Kevin Kiermaier 
  • The Tigers tied the game in the bottom half of the inning as Cahna singled scoring Vierling and Colt Keith 
  • The Tigers walked it off in the bottom of the 9th as Vierling hammered a 3-tun bomb to left-center; also scoring Torkelson and Kerry Carpenter
  • Final score: Tigers 14 Blue Jays 11

My Take-

  • Yusei Kikuchi was lit up for 5 runs on 8 hits while walking none and striking out none over 3 innings. The top of the 2nd inning was a disaster with the Tigers scoring 4 runs on 5 hits in the inning. The Blue Jays could ill-afford to fall too far behind given the inept offence lately and all season
  • The bullpen had a disastrous day, allowing 9 runs on 9 hits while walking 4 and striking out 3 over the last 6 innings. Erik Swanson was the only reliever to retire every batter he faced. Yimi Garcia was tagged with the blown save and Jordan Romano was tagged with the loss
  • I have to give credit to the offence, which chipped away at the deficit and came all the way back to take a brief lead. Vlad (4-5, 1RBI 1run scored), Daulton Varsho (3-run HR), Bo Bichette (2RBI, a run scored) and Cavan Biggio (2RBI and 2 runs scored) drove the offence today
  • Every Blue Jays starter, except Daniel Vogelbach, reached base at least once and all but Vogelbach and Davis Schneider had at least one hit
  • It was a huge mistake to bring back the home run jacket. The team needs to focus on the little things. Celebrating a 3-run HR like you won the world series is not helping matters, especially when the Tigers immediately tie the game and eventually win
  • If ever there is a game where someone is getting fired, it is today, but I think this offensive outburst might have earned everyone another final chance with the only team worse than the Blue Jays up next
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to snap the 2-game skid in Chicago as they continue the road trip against the White Sox. The Blue Jays won 2 of 3 back in Toronto a week ago, outscoring the White Sox 18-10. Chris Bassitt starts against White Sox righty Nick Nastrini