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Comeback falls short, Jays lose

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 8 Red Sox 10

I didn’t think that game would ever end.

It didn’t start well, Trent Thornton had a terrible first inning. In the first he gave up a double, a run scoring single and a grand slam. We were down 5-0 before we got our second out.

The second inning he gave up 2 pop fly singles, falling in front of our outfielders, around an out and Charlie had seen enough.

Sam Gaviglio got us out of the inning, but he had a rough time of it in the third inning. After getting the first two out, Sam gave up walk, single, walk, 2-run single, 1-run single and another walk before Charlie brought in Joe Biagini.

Joe gave up a 2-run double before getting out of the inning and we were down 10-4 after 3 innings. And we were onto our third pitcher.

Thornton and Gaviglio each went 1.1, and each gave up 5 earned, each walking 3 batters.

That’s were the Red Sox scoring ended.

  • Joe Biagini went 1.1 without an earned run, though he allowed the double that scored two of Sam’s earned runs.
  • Everyone’s favorite pitcher (well everyone who bats for other teams), Edwin Jackson pitched 3 scoreless innings, with 3 hits, a walk and 2 strikeouts. He tried to give up a run. In the sixth inning, Edwin walked Michael Chavis, to start the inning and then Jackie Bradley doubled off the monstaaaa. Chavis slowed up, making sure it wasn’t caught (with no outs, might as well be careful). Bradley, on the other hand, put his head down and ran to third. Chavis was thrown out at the plate, when he realized that they generally don’t all two runners on one base. Jackson lowered his ERA to a mere 11.12.
  • Derek Law had a scoreless ninth, pitching around a walk.

We did get some runs. We scored:

  • 2 in the second. Billy McKinney hit a 2-run homer in his first at bat after coming back from Buffalo.
  • 2 in the third. Freddy Galvis and Cavan Biggio both singled. Randal Grichuk doubled Freddy home and Cavan scored on Justin Smoak’s ground out. We had a 1-run game for a moment, 5-4.
  • 4 in the eighth. Smoak hit a hard line drive for a ground rule double. Danny Jansen singled him home. McKinney singled giving us runners on the corners. Brandon Drury hit a sac fly. Eric Sogard had a bunt single. And Galvis singled home McKinney and Sogard. The tying run was at the plate. Unfortunately Lourdes Gurriel hit a fly out and the inning was over.

We had 13 hits. Sogard had 3. Galvis, Grichuk and McKinney had 2 each. Everyone else had 1, excepting Gurriel who was 0 for 5.

Jays of the Game: Grichuk (.131 WPA) and McKinney (.099) and I’m giving one to Edwin Jackson for the 3 scoreless innings.

Suckage: Thornton (-.350), Gaviglio (-.179) and Gurriel (-.119).

We had 541 comments in the GameThread for the game that I didn’t think was ever going to end. Alan F. led us to the near comeback.

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