Let’s start with the rant:
6th, 2 outs, down by 4, Kevin Pillar on second and gets thrown out trying to steal third. Stealing third with 2 outs is stupid to begin with. There is little upside, 2 outs you’ll score on any single anyway. Down by 4, your run isn’t the one that matters, it’s the guys behind you that matter.
Gibby let Pillar know about it when he got back to the dugout.
It’s stupid baseball, not that we haven’t played a lot of stupid baseball, but it makes Pillar look like he’s only there for his stats, no interest in helping his team. I kind of expect Pillar to be sitting tomorrow.
Barker and Siddal both called the play selfish, they are right. And Siddal pointed out that Pillar tried to do the same a few days ago.
Billy KcKinney made the 3rd out at 3rd base in yesterday’s game, again with us down a few runs. We seem to be making stupid careless mistakes every day.
Gibby was tossed in the bottom of the inning, after the first base umpire made a bad call. Bases loaded, ground ball to Kendrys Morale, he throws home, gets the first. The throw back to first was high, Devon Travis jumped up to get it, came down before the runner got there, but he was called safe. The Jays didn’t have a challenge as they used it on a play that was too close to call earlier.
Gibby wasn’t in the best of moods (join the club) after watching his team play bad baseball this series and watching seemingly every close call go against us. It was good for him to get to blow off steam. I know I feel the need.
So the game started out ok. Randal Grichuk hit a homer in the first to give us a lead.
It didn’t last long.
In the bottom of the inning, Ryan Borucki walked the first two batters of the game (with a bit of help from the plate umpire). Then had a couple of unlucky ground ball singles, one just past Russell Martin at third, one that Travis got to but couldn’t make a play on (his throw pulled Kendrys Morales into the basepath, Didi Gregorius ran into him and, later had to leave the game). Another ‘swinging bunt’ single and we were down 2-0.
Greg Bird followed with a grand slam home run and that was pretty much the game.
Borucki got 2 outs, give up 4 hits, 6 earned, 2 walks and his ERA jumped to 4.27 from the 3.29 he entered the game at.
In came the relief parade:
- Joe Biagini: 3.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 walks, 2 strikeouts and 0 earned. He was very good.
- Justin Shafer got his first MLB action. 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 hit batter but got out of it.
- Tim Mayza got thumped. He gave up 4 hits, 2 walks and 4 earned, getting just 2 outs.
- Thomas Pannone went 1.1 (I don’t know if that means he’s not going to get his start Wednesday). He went 1.1 clean, and had a strikeout.
- Tyler Clippard pitched the 9th and gave up a ground ball single.
Offensively, we managed 7 hits against J.A. Happ, in just 5.1, but only scored the one run on Grichuk’s homer. Happ had 8 strikeouts.
We’d score 1 home run, Morales hit a home run.
Morales, Grichuk and Pillar were the only Jays to have 2 hits. The rest of the order went 3 for 23. I’d do the math, but I feel pretty safe in saying that that isn’t good.
Russell Martin had his first error at third base, a ground ball that bounce right under his glove. I was a bit surprised it was called an error, as he didn’t touch it but it was an earned error.
No Jays of the Day, but let’s give an honorable mention to Biagini.
Suckage: Borucki (-.440). And let’s give one to Hernandez (-.084 for and 0 for 3 with 2 k). He looks as lost at the plate as he does in the field.
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