The opener thing worked.
David Phelps pitched the first inning. He gave up a leadoff walk, but got a double play ball and a strikeout. It was exactly what you want from the opener.
And Jacob Waguespack was very good following up Phelps. Jacob went 5 innings allowed 6 hits, 3 earned, with no walks and 4 strikeouts. Considering he was pitching against the Red Sox, he did very well. He gave up a 2-run single to Rafael Davers in the third inning and a solo homer from Christian Vazquez in the fourth.
He came out of the game after a leadoff single in the seventh.
Tim Mayza came in and got a strikeout and gave up a double.
Then it was Daniel Hudson’s turn with runners on second and third and 1 out. He got a popup and a strikeout, saving Mayza from any earned runs. Hudson also pitched the eighth, giving up just a single.
Ken Giles had a perfect 9th, getting his 13th save of the season.
We did a pretty good job against Chris Sale, chasing him from the game after 5.2 innings, 9 hits, 5 earned, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. We hit 3 home runs against him. Even when we didn’t get a hit, we had some long at bats.
- 1 in the third: Lourdes Gurriel hit his 15th home run of the season.
- 2 in the fourth: Justin Smoak walked and Danny Jansen homered. Jansen hit the ball hard in every at bat, but found gloves in his other 3 at bats. He’s really turned things around.
- 2 in the sixth: Smoak was hit by pitch but was put out in a double play when Jansen hit a hard grounder right at Devers at third. But Rowdy Tellez singled and Brandon Drury homered.
- 1 in the eighth: Tellez walked, Drury doubled him to third and Freddy Galvis scored him with a sac fly.
We had 11 hits and 5 walks on the day.
Galvis and Drury had 3 hits each. Drury had a really nice game, hitting the ball hard. Tellez had 2 hits and a walk. Everyone reached base at least once, other than Randal Grichuk (who had a couple of good long at bats).
We had a lot of good long at bats. It was good to see.
Jays of the Day: Hudson (.281 WPA), Drury (.265) and Galvis (.141). Smoak gets an honorable mention for his 1 for 2 with a walk (.091) and let’s give an honorable mention to Gurriel too.
Suckage: Guerrero (-.195, 0 for 4, 1 walk, 2 k). Waguespack had the number too (-.107) but I’m not giving him one, he pitched well.
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