Where would we be without Marcus Stroman. He was great again tonight, maybe not quite as good as his last start against the Red Sox, but still really good. 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts....he did allow a run tonight, but we'll forgive that.
Aaron Sanchez came in and got Dustin Pedroia, for the first out of the 8th, even if the Sox challenged the call at first. then Gibby brought Brett Cecil in to face David Ortiz, and struck him out. He walked Jonny Gomes, but got Stephen Drew to ground out. Casey Janssen gave up a leadoff homer in the 9th, to Xander Bogaerts, but then got 3 quick outs for his 17th save.
On offense, it is so nice to have the bats working again. We had 12 hits. 2 each for Jose Reyes, Juan Francisco, Colby Rasmus and Anthony Gose. Everyone else in the starting lineup had a hit except for Dioner Navarro.
The big hits came from Colby, who had a solo home in the 2nd and Anthony Gose, who had a 2-run double in the 4th. Gose is making a case to get to be the full time center fielder next year.
Danny Valencia got into his first action as a Jay, hitting a fly out to center and playing first base.
Jays of the Day Stroman (.328 WPA), Gose (.179) and Rasmus (.115).
Suckage goes to Ryan Goins (-.114) and Navarro (-.114).
Tomorrow we get to try to sweep the Red Sox...I'd love that, and Jon Lester isn't making the start. Brandon Workman starts in his place. I wonder where Lester will end up?
The GameThreads had 1722 comments, great work guys.. Pikachu led the way, leading us to a victory with a gritty performance (can a cartoon character be gritty?).