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Jays win Bo Bichette’s first MLB game

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 7 Royals 3

The big news was that Bo Bichette singled in his first MLB at bats. He finished the game 1 for 4 with a strikeout.

We had a bunch of home runs:

  • Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo homer into the fountain in the fifth.
  • Randal Grichuk had a 2-run homer (following a Cavan Biggio single) in the sixth.
  • Biggio crushed a solo homer in the 8th.

We got 3 runs in the ninth. Hernandez walked (nice to see him taking the occasional walk), Danny Jansen singled him to third, then Biggio singled him home, after being down 0-2. Grichuk singled home Jansen, giving him 3 RBI on the day, and leaving him a double short of the cycle. And, after a Vlad walk, Grichuk scored on a Smoak ground out.

We should have scored more. Grichuk followed Biggio’s homer with a no-out triple, but Vlad, Drury and Bichette all struck out to strand him at third.

We had 11 hits. Biggio and Grichuk had 3 each.

Vlad had an interesting day. He had a nicely hit single in the first inning. On defense he had two balls go off his glove (hard hit balls, but plays he should have made), one of which cost us two runs. And he also made a couple of nice plays, showing off his arm from third. I think that’s what we are going to see, some nice plays from him, but some bad plays as well.

Thomas Pannone had a pretty good start. 6 innings, 5 hits (two of them, as mentioned, off Vlad’s glove, one that should have been an error, and allowed 2 runs to score), 3 earned, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. He didn’t have much for hard hit balls against.

Tim Mayza pitched a scoreless seventh and Justin Shafer a scoreless eighth, with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

After both Daniel Hudson and Derek Law warmed up in the top of the ninth, Law came in for the bottom of the inning, since it was no longer a save situation (one of those things managers do that drive me crazy, is there a big difference in win probability between a 4-run and a 3-run lead?). Law gave up a walk but got out of the inning without giving up a run.

Jays of the Day: Grichuk (.336 WPA), Biggio (.303), Shafer (.145), Hernandez (.104) and Mayza (.090).

Suckage: McKinney (-.110 for an 0 for 4, 2 k) and Drury (-.103 for 1 for 5, 2 k).

I’m enjoying watching the young guys play. I know we aren’t going to win a ton of games, but I like watching them.

We had 897 comments in the Welcome Bo GameThread. Barraqudie led us to victory. Great job.

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