Blue Jays 1 Astros 2 (14 innings)
Scott Feldman pitched yesterday, throwing 38 pitches (for the team he lost to tonight), he really shouldn’t have been pitching today. He came in, in the bottom of the 14th, gave up a single to Altuve and a double to Carlos Correa and that was the game.
It seemed like Russell Martin was going to be Mighty Mouse, he came and, seemingly, saved the day. It looked like we were going to waste a great start by Marcus Stroman, until Martin homered to lead off the 9th.
Marcus pitched 7 innings, allowed just 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 13.
He gave up a home run, to Jose Altuve, one of those cheapy Minute Maid Park style home run. Altuve didn’t hit it hard, but it isn’t exactly a long way out to the ‘Crawfish Boxes’. It wasn’t a bad pitch.
Marcus did make a bad throw on a tapper that got past him, he chased it down and made an off-balance throw that he really shouldn’t have, but then he stranded the runner at second base.
On offense, other than Martin’s home run, we did nothing much. We had 6 hits, 4 singles, the home and a double, and 3 walks. We also struck out 22 times. I really think the hitter’s background isn’t great. No one seemed to be able to pick up a pitch. It looked like they weren’t seeing the pitch out of the pitcher’s hand.
Besides Martin, the only ones to have a decent game were Devon Travis, who was 2 for 4 with the double, and, in the 8th, singled and moved to second, then to third on wild pitches, but we couldn’t score him. He also made a couple of nice plays on defense. And Edwin was 1 for 3 with a walk.
About Martin’s home run:
@russellmartin55 crushes 150th career homerun tonight. Becomes 7th Canadian with 150 or more HR's. @Cdnmooselips33 leads way with 383.— CDN Baseball HOF (@CDNBaseballHOF) August 2, 2016
@Cdnmooselip33 is Larry Walker, if you were wondering.
We got some good work out of the bullpen too. We had scoreless work from Schultz, Beniot, Biagini (2 innings), Cecil and Osuna.
Unfortunately, Scott Feldman ended the run of good pitching.
We struck out 18 Astros.
Jays of the Day: Most of the pitchers: Biagini (.268 WPA), Stroman (.192), Benoit (.134), Cecil (.134), Osuna (.135) and Martin (.142)
Suckage: Almost all the batters: Bautista (-.171, 0 for 5, 2 k), Saunders (-.261, 1 for 6, 4 k), Smoak (-.237, 0 for 6, 4 k), Pillar (-.185, 0 for 5, 2 k), Goins (-.172, 0 for 4, 3 k) and Feldman (-.366).
Minor Leaguer gives us a fun fact:
Abernathy also gave up a walkoff hit in extras! https://t.co/0PIIBYh9zC https://t.co/cxQ3TyT6eo— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) August 2, 2016
We had 2522 comments in the GameThreads. Eric H let the way (but he didn’t have a single hit tonight either).
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