We had a shot at a comeback. With 2 outs in the 9th, Steve Pearce and Yangervis Solarte had back-to-back doubles, bringing up Randal Grichuk, who battled Aroldis Chapman, but watched the third strike go by. I’m going to take the 9th as a good sign for what’s the future.
Aaron Sanchez started well, then got hurt by a bit of less than great defense and a bad call on what should have been an inning ending strikeout.
And then, in my mind, he was left in a batter too long. Course I’m a fan of a quick hook early in the season. In the 6th, he allowed a leadoff walk, got a line out, gave up a ground single, got a pop out and then gave up a walk. I thought he should gave come out here.
Aaron didn’t come out, and he gave up a hard hit double, scoring two runs. Being fair, he hadn’t been hit hard and his pitch count was only in the 80s, but he was having a hard time with the strike zone.
All-in-all, I thought it was an encouraging start for Aaron
After that, Danny Barnes came in and got out of the inning. Ryan Tepera and Tyler Clippard each pitched a quick inning, getting 2 strikeouts each. Roberto Osuna pitched the 9th, and did a nice job, including fielding a bunt single attempt and making a nice play on it.
The trouble, as it was yesterday, was offense. We had just 5 hits, all extra base hits. The big one was a Grichuk home run. but that wasn’t enough. The only Jays to have hits were Grichuk, Justin Smoak, Kevin Pillar, Pearce and Solarte (the last four were all doubles).
We had 12 strikeouts in all.
Josh Donaldson had a rough day again, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts. He did hit a fairly hard fly/liner to left, but it found a glove. I’m not sure he’s a better choice at DH than Morales, at the moment, but if he isn’t actively hurting, there isn’t any harm in keeping him out there.
No Jays of the Day. Grichuk had the high mark at .032 WPA (it was .086 before the game ending strikeout).
Suckage: Sanchez had the number (-.165), much of that on double after he should have been out of the game. Travis (-.100) and Granderson (-.092) earned the honor.
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