Well that hurt. Alex Bergman hit a game winning home run off Ryan Tepera in the 9th. Bergman was trouble all game, all series really. He was 3 for 5 today with 2 doubles and the homer.
Tepera gave up a leadoff singles, to start the 9th, and threw a wild pitch to move the runner to second. George Spring popped one up to left and Teoscar Hernandez scared us by taking strange route to the ball and then slipping at the last moment, but he still made the change.
Bergman was next, he chased a high inside fastball and then another high fastball, but the third fastball wasn’t high enough.
The two teams combined to score 8 runs in the first inning and then things slowed down.
We scored 5 in the top of the inning, off Dallas Keuchel:
- Randal Grichuk led off with a double.
- Teoscar Hernandez walked on 4 pitches.
- Yangervis Solarte doubled, bringing home Randal.
- Steve Pearce walked on a full count pitch.
- Kendrys Morales hit a sac fly, not very deep, scoring Hernandez.
- Kevin Pillar singled down the left field line. He hit two in a row down the line, the first one was barely foul, this one just fair. That would score Solarte.
- Aledmys Diaz singled, Pearce scored.
- Luke Maile hit a sac fly and he was 5-0.
- Devon Travis ground out to end the hit around inning,
But then we gave 3 runs back in the bottom of the inning. Marco Estrada wasn’t helped by a catcher interference call to start the inning, but he also gave up a walk, a double and a single to make it 5-3.
After that the starters would settle down. We would get 1 more run off Keuchel, in the 6th, but we’d only have more hits off him. He left after 5.1.
And Marco would give up 1 more run in the 5th. Marco’s line was inning, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 2 walks and 1 strikeout. It wasn’t vintage Estrada work but it was enough to get him his 5th win.
Until Tepera our bullpen did very well.
- Aaron Loup pitched a perfect 6th, with 2 strikeouts.
- Joe Biagini gave up just a Jose Altuve 2-out single in the 7th, but got out of the inning with a strikeout of Yuli Gurriel.
- Tyler Clippard gave up a Marwin Gonzalez homer to make it a 1-run game in the 8th and struck out 3.
We’d end up with 10 hits, none of them home runs. Pillar and Diaz had 3 hits each. Grichuk had 2.
Teoscar had a rough day, 0 for 4, hit into a bad double play in the top of the 9th, he did have the walk in the first. Devon Travis had a bad day too, 0 for 4 with an RBI and a double play ball.
Jays of the Day: Pillar (.115), Maile (.090), Solarte (.088) and Diaz (.088). And lets give honorable mention to Biagini and Loup.
Suckage: Tepera (-.804) and Teoscar (-.101).
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