Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Game #85 - Houston Astros (43-42) @ Toronto Blue Jays (39-46) - game recap


George Springer hit a 3-run HR as the Blue Jays hung on to edge the Astros 7-6

After another loss due to lacklustre offence, the Blue Jays were attempting to snap the 2-game skid and avoid their 7th season series loss of the season. IKF was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to yesterday with a left-knee sprain. Infielder Leo Gimenez was recalled from AAA-ball. Ace Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Vlad was back in the lineup and at 1B, after missing a day due to being hit by a pitch two days ago. Daulton Varaho was in LF and Addison Barger was in LF. Spencer Horwitz got the start at 2B. Could the Blue Jays even the series and avoid their 7th season series loss of the season? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Justin Turner singled scoing Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 3rd as Spencer Horwirz hammered a solo bomb to right
  • Three batters later, George Springer belted a 3-run jack to lift and into the Blue Jays bullpen; also scoring Guererro Jt. and Justin Turner
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 4th as Addison Barger singled scoring Ernie Clement
  • Two batters later, Alejandro Kirk scored on a passed ball by Cesar Salazar 
  • Spencer Arrightetti pitching line: 4IP 6H 7R (6 earned) 4-BB 5K 89 pitches (63 for strkes)
  • The Astros got one back in the top of the 5th as Salazar singled scoring Jon Singleton
  • A batter later, Jose Altuve singled scoring Jeremy Pena
  • Three batters later, Yordan Alvarez bashed a 3-run blsst to right; also scoring Salazar and Altuve
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 5IP 5H 5R (all earned) 2BB 1K 60 pitches (39 for strkes)
  • The Astros got one back in the top of the 8th as Alvarez scored on a ground out hit by Jake Meyers
  • Chad Green pitched a scoreles 9th for his 3rd save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 7 Astros 6

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios battled through 5 innings, giing up 5 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1. All the damage was done in the 5th inning when the Astros scored 5 times, capped off by a three-run dinger off the bat of Yordan Alvarez. Schneider pulled him after that inning - might have been best since there was no telling if Berrios would have had a bounceback inning in the 6th 
  • The bullpen came through, giving up a run on 3 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over the last 4 innings. Chad Green gave the fans some nervous moments in the 9th, giving up a leadoff double in the 9th, but he retired the next three batters to end the threat and game.
  • Offensively, Justin Turner (a run scored and an RBI), Vlad (2 runs scored) and George Springer (3-run HR)  did the damage offensively 
  • Every Blue Jays starter except Bo Bichette reached base at least once and all  but Bichette and Daulton Varsho had at least one hit
  • The Blue Jays were 3-6 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, thr Blue Jays try to extend the win streak ro 2 games. Yusei Kikuchi starts against Astros righty Ronel Blanco