So it turns out that an extreme fly ball pitcher with marginal stuff + an opposing lineup of sluggers who have hit 200 homers by early August = a very bad combination. Go figure. There was a lot of bad in this game, as Thomas Pannone got hammered and it was a blowout early, and most disconcertingly Lourdes Gurriel Jr. pulled up in extreme pain running down the first base line in the 9th. So let’s start with the fun stuff.
The headliner there of course is Bo Bichette putting an exclamation on his home debut (in the conventional sense) by setting an MLB debut by doubling in his 9th straight game.
The even bigger fireworks from him actually came before that, as he absolutely crushed a home run:
Derek Fisher ran into a big bomb of his own:
Reese McGuire had four hits, punctuated his own career game with this home run:
And Vladimir Guerrero Jr. absolutely crushed a hit of his own (just gotta figure out optimizing that launch angle now).
Here's a super casual, run-of-the-mill double clocked at 118.3 MPH pic.twitter.com/aoVc3W33ZM— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 8, 2019
Unfortunately, it was too little too late as Domingo German largely shut down the Jays the first two times through, and when those fireworks did occur they were already in a deep hole and the line wasn’t held anyway.
As for the rest of it...
- Pannone didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning, giving up three home runs. Two of those were to old friend — of course — Gio Urshelsa, and the other one was to Mike Tauchmann (who? oh right, Yankee pixie dust). 2.1 innings, seven runs on six hits and a free pass, one strikeout.
- Zach Godley made his made his Blue Jays debut and was immediately lit up by Tauchmann for another home run. He settled in to eat some innings as he retired eight of the nine batters after that, then got lit up again in the sixth. 3.0 innings, three runs om five hits, three strikeouts.
- Jason Adam was the only effective pitcher, retiring 9/10 batters faced and sort of giving the Jays a chance after the bats woke up in the 5th.
- Buddy Boshers botched the 9th, giving up two runs driven in — of course — Tauchmann. Whatever.
Jays of the Day: With the game a blowout before all hitters had all come up the first time, no one hits the numbers. Bo (+.026) WPA is an easy call, as is McGuire with the perfect 4/4 and home run. And we’ll give Adam one too for 2.2 scoreless innings when no one else could contain the Yankees and which nominally kept them in the game.
Blew Jays: Pannone (-0.338). Because he was a WPA hog (or perhaps WPA sink is more apt on the negative side), there wasn’t much else to go around, but Grichuk (-0.094) nonetheless managed with an 0-for-4. Godley (-0.082) falls a little short of the threshold, but he can have one too for not keeping it closer.
Tomorrow, the Jays will look to even the series (or heck, just not get embarrassed) at the usual 7:05 PM eastern weeknight start time, with J.A. Happ facing off against Sean Reid-Foley. Happ has a 5.24 ERA over twice SRF’s 2.49, but somehow I don’t think it’s going to be anywhere near that lopsided.