I’m sure I’ve written this one before: a good start wasted.
Marco Estrada was terrific. 6 innings plus a batter, 6 hits, no walks and 6 strikeouts. He was in control most of the time. He gave up a couple of doubles, and he was helped out by Russell Martin throwing out two base stealers, but that was as good as we’ve seen Marco this year.
At about 92 pitches, Gibby let Marco start the 7th and he gave up a leadoff single and that was it for him. 97 pitches, including some very nice curves.
Seunghwan Oh came in, and that’s when it went off the rails. Oh hit Didi Grogorius. The pitch wasn’t all that far out of the strike zone, Didi squared to bunt and got hit on the foot that was right on the inside line of the batter’s bow. Then Oh walked Aaron Hicks on a full count pitch. Miguel Andujar hit the first pitch he saw for a grand slam.
Turning the page on May hasn’t been a good thing for Oh, he didn’t give up a run in all of May, but he’s had 2 bad outings in June.
And the bullpen gave up more runs in the 8th. Joe Biagini gave up a single and got two outs, and Gibby brought in Aaron Loup to face Gregorius. Loup walked him on a full count, on a very close pitch, we really needed that call because that was followed by a Aaron Hicks homer and that ended any hope. Loup has been so good, until today he’d allowed just 1 earned in the last month. Loup and Oh had been our two best relievers in May.
Offensively, we couldn’t do much against CC Sabathia. In 7 innings, we had just 3 hits and a walk. 2 of the hits were home runs, wall scrapers from Teoscar Hernandez and Kevin Pillar.
Jays of the Day: Estrada (.296 WPA) Hernandez (.135).
Suckage: Oh (-.484), Loup (-.125) and let’s give one to Morales (-.089, 0 for 4, 2 k) even though he wasn’t the only 0 for.
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