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Arizona Diamondbacks v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Diamondbacks 8 Blue Jays 2

So I know the pitching has been bad, but could we please stop with the outfielders playing so far back they can’t get to flies in front of them? You have a fly ball, that should be an easy out, fall for a single and it changes an inning. Today in the second inning, Clayton Richard loads the bases with 2 outs and gets a nice gentle fly ball that falls in front of Lourdes Gurriel. Instead of the third out, 2 runs score and 5 more after that.

Anyway, all was going well, through 2 innings. Richard looked good, we scored a couple of runs. And then the roof fell in. Richard gave up a 1-out solo homer, then got the second out, and then loaded the bases on a single and 2 walks. The single mentioned above, another single and a triple and Richard was out of the game. Carson Kelly hit a home run on Thomas Pannone’s first pitch and we were down 8-2.

The Diamondbacks only scored in the one inning. The trouble is that they scored 8 in that one inning.

Richard went 2.2, saw his ERA balloon to 7.04 from 7 hits, 7 earned, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

The bullpen was pretty good, but by then it was over:

  • Pannone: 1.1, 2 hits, the homer, 1 earned, 2 walks and 1 strikeout.
  • Derek Law: 2 scoreless innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 k.
  • Elvis Luciano: 2 scoreless, 2 walks, 1 k.
  • Joe Biagini: 1 quick inning, Gurriel caught one right at the wall to help him out.

Offensively, we did very little again. We did get a run in each of the first 2 innings. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered in the 1st (he also had a double off the wall in the 8th). And Danny Jansen doubled home Freddy Galvis in the 2nd,

3 hits in the first 2 inning and 4 hits for the rest of the game, Gurriel and Jansen had 2 hits each. We struck out 13 times.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the 9th with a double.


Jays of the Day: Jansen (.107 WPA) and Gurriel (.088).

Suckage: Richard (-.488).


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