Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Game #79 - Toronto Blue Jays (36-43) @ Boston Red Sox (43-37) - game recap


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in 4 runs and scored once in a 9-4 comeback win over the Red Sox

After another loss thanks to a brutal implosion from the bullpen,  the Blue Jays were looking to snap the 7-game skid. Bo Bichette was reinstated from the 10-day IL and was at SS, also batting leadoff  Steward Berroa was optioned back to AAA-ball. Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. IKF was at the hot corner and Addison Barger was in LF.  Could the Blue Jays snap the 7-game skid?  Here is tonight's game recap

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Rafael Devers hammered a solo bomb to right-center
  • Two batters later, Masataka Yoshida doubled scoring Tyler O'Neil 
  • The Blue Jays got a pair back in the top of the 3rd as Kevin Kiermaier singled scoring Danny Jansen and Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • Three batters later, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled scoring Kiermaier and Bo Bichette 
  • A batter later, Spencer Horwitz scored on a ground out hit by Justin Turner 
  • A batter after that, George Sptinger whacked a 2-run blast to the opposite field in right-center 
  • Brayan Bello pitching line: 2.1IP 5H 7R (all earned) 3BB 2K 52 pitches (29 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a pair of runs in the top of the 4th as Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Kiermaier and Horwitz
  • The Red Sox got a pair back in the bottom of the 6th as O'Neil belted a 2-run jack over the green monster in left; also scoring Devers
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 6IP 5H 4R (3 earned) 1BB 5K 96 pitches (64 for strikes)
  • Final score: Blue Jays 9 Red Sox 4

My Take:

  • Kevin Gausman threw 6 solid innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. He dealt with baserunners in every inning but the 1st. I'm sure he's happy to finally get some run support 
  • Last night, the bullpen had a 4-run cushion with 6 outs to go and they blew the save. Tonight, they had a 5-run cushion with 9 outs to go. They threw 3 shutout innings and gave up two walks, both by lefty Brandon Little. Trevor Richards and Chad Green both retired every batter they faced
  • The Blue Jays put together a 7-run 3rd inning after a 5-run 6th inning last night. Vladdy (4RBI 1 run scored), George Springer (2-run HR), Spencer Horwitz (2 runs scored) and Kevin Kiermaier (2 runs scored and a run batted in)
  • Every Blue Jays starter except Addison Barger reached base at least once and all but Barger, Bo Bichette and Horwitz had at least one hit
  • The Blue Jays were 5-8 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try and extend the win streak to 2 games and notch their 10th series win of the season. Yariel Rodriguez starts against Red Sox righty Kutter Crawford