Its always more enjoyable when the Jays get a win.
What isn’t always enjoyable is the manner in which they do it. And last night was no exception as Toronto held on to beat the Phillies 6-5 in a game that was excruciatingly tense.
It was so tense in fact, that it lead to a couple breaking up mid game. Fortunately Axford and the bullpen are prepared to step in and make the save:
Dear couple that clearly broke up while standing near our bullpen in the 5th inning today,— John Axford (@JohnAxford) May 26, 2018
Lovely entertainment for a few minutes, but we hope you’re ok. Feel free to come back tomorrow and discuss with us. We can provide the third party point of view!
The Jays bullpen!
We were 6-1 up going into the sixth (remember those good times?!) and then after that Ryan Tepara happened.
A summary of the nightmare can be found here.
The latter inning stress shouldn’t be a surprise according to Steve Phillips. He talks about our starting rotation being thrown into disarray.
Something of real concern is the ERA in the latter part of games: our first inning ERA is 3.78. By the 5th inning its jumped to 8.10. That is not encouraging,
Its not just the starting pitching that is troublesome. The defence is slumping too.
In 2015 and 2016, the Jays ranked third in the AL by that metric; this year they’ve plunged to fourth-to-last. Jonah Keri examines why.
Meanwhile the Vlad & Bo Show™ down at New Hampshire shows no sign of slowing down. Each went 3-for-4 and hit consecutive homers in the seventh inning as the Fisher Cats spanked the Hartford Yard Goats 10-3 on Friday night.
Bichette added two doubles, scored three runs, and drove in four while Guerrero collected two RBIs, and continues to lead the league with 46 this season. Fisher Cats starter Jon Harris (W, 3-3) was brilliant, allowing just two unearned runs in 7.1 dominant innings.
With the way Vlad is lighting up AA, the voices clamoring for him to be called up are groing louder by the day. Richard Griffin details how calling up Vlad might impact the Jays.
The Bisons won their doubleheader over the Red Wings by 9-8 and 2-1.
Jason Leblebijian homered twice and drove in four in the first game, while Ian Parmley drove in 3.
Justin Dillon then turned in a complete game three-hitter in Game 2. In three starts with the Bisons, Dillon is now 2-1 with a 0.79 ERA.
Have a great Saturday everybody...i’ve already enjoyed mine!