- Firstly Marcus Stroman deserved so much better. He threw a two-hitter over seven innings of work and allowed no earned runs. A blister caused his night to end early, so the bullpen took over...
- ...and it was a horror show. Ryan Tepara came in, blew the save and gave up four runs. He also got hosed on a couple of calls by the ump and then he lost his rag as he walked off and got himself ejected; it was his most efficient out of the night.
- I would have liked it if Gibby had backed Tepara up and been on the ump about the calls but he just stood there looking fed up. It seems to be his default position right now and who can blame him?
- Clippard did well in the 9th but then Krazy Ken Giles decided to implode in a thermobaric like fashion. Sure he struck out the first batter he faced but then he allowed a triple to Mookie Betts, a homer to Moreland and later a two-run shot by Jackie Bradley Jr. Giles retired just two of the seven batters he faced. At that point I felt like punching him in the face too.
- We loaded the bases in the 6th but conspired to score no runs. You simply cant do that against a team like the Red Sox. When they give you opportunities, you have to take them.
Yesterday's game was also full of apt metaphors for our season as a) the roof leaked
There's a leak in the Rogers Centre roof. Water pouring into the seats along right field line in 500 level #BlueJays— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) August 8, 2018
b) the lights decided they had seen enough too:
Yesterday i mentioned how Brandon Drury’s trade to the Jays meant he could reconnect with his mentor Troy Tulowitzki; today we learned he has decided to follow Tulo by getting injured. He has a hand fracture that happened in his last game for the Yankees...
Its all ok through as Ross Atkins said that the Blue Jays were aware that Drury could have been injured when they dealt for him. But he said the Blue Jays liked the player and wanted the deal regardless....
Given the Jays current situation, its fair to say most of us would like to see some younger guys a look. Shi Davidi says that the rest of season is the perfect opportunity to evaluate these players. (Ross Atkins comments in this article don’t really inspire confidence though).
And in the really obvious news category, Steve Simmons says its only a matter of time for Gibby
Fortunately, we can rely on our minor league teams to keep us happy and entertained with winning baseball
A 14-hit attack spurred the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to an 8-3 win over the Bowie Baysox, improving the Cats record to a season-high 19 games over .500. Bo Bichette and Harold Ramirez each had 3 hits to lead the attack.
There is this kid called Vlad playing at Buffalo you know. He had 3 hits today (all singles) and is now hitting .389 with a .555 on-base pct. in his first week with the Bisons. And if you were wondering about his defence, then wonder ye not!
Baseball is fun
And to end, a little reminder that the game we love is just a game and for fun- its my play of the day: