The best moment of the game. Bo Bichette hitting a walkoff home run in the 12th inning.
The worst part of today’s game: Tim Mayza threw a pitch and something happened in his arm or his elbow and he just sat on the mound. After he couldn’t straighten his arm. The crowd and the broadcast booth went quiet. I’m hoping it isn’t as bad as it looks but I doubt we’ll see Tim on the mound for a long time
Also Rowdy Tellez came out of the game early. I haven’t heard why but there must have been some sort of injury.
Anthony Kay was very good for 4 innings and then, in the fifth he was BABIPed to death. Add in a couple of bad plays on defense, and he gave up 5 runs in the inning. Soft hits just beyond fielders, I didn’t think he pitched bad in the inning, but he did seem to tire.
It didn’t help that Vladimir Guerrero came in on a ground ball and then, in a moment of misjudgment, threw to second trying to get the runner from first. He didn’t have a chance. To be fair Vlad made a couple of terrific plays. Early he got a ball at third, touched the bag and threw to first for the double play. Another time he made a diving grab of a line drive. And in the 10th, he picked up a grounder at third and made a great throw to second to get the runner.
In all Kay went 4.1, allowed 7 hits, 5 earned, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He didn’t give up much that was hit hard, but balls seemed to find the holes. It is good that we made a comeback and saved him from the loss.
Our pen did a pretty terrific job.
- Jason Adam came in for Kay and only faced one batter, who singled.
- Buddy Boshers had a good outing for the second day in a row, getting the last two outs of the fifth (giving up a walk).
- Sam Gaviglio pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk, and getting 2 strikeouts,
- Derek Law pitched 1 clean inning with a k.
- Ken Giles gave up a walk in his inning.
- Ryan Tepera came in after Mayza was injured. He get 3 quick outs to get us through the top of the tenth.
- Wilmer Font pitched the 11th getting 2 strikeouts and a fly out. Font got a ground out, struck out Aaron Judge in the 12th and got a nice play by Vlad for the third out
We had 13 hits but only 4 extra base hits. 2 doubles. Randal Grichuk solo homer and Bo Bichette’s game winning home run.
- 1 in the second: Grichuk’s homer.
- 2 in the fourth: Tellez led off with a single and scored on Reese McGuire’s double. Teoscar Hernandez’ infield single drove home Reese. Gleyber Torrez threw wild to first to move Teocar to second but we didn’t score him.
- 1 in the fifth: Bo Bichette doubled and Cavan Biggio singled him home. Vlad followed with a fairly deep fly to center.
- 1 in the seventh: Richard Urena led off with a single. Bo walked. Biggio ground into a force at second. And, with Vlad at the plate, Yankee’s pitcher Adam Ottavino balked. The funny part was that Vlad ‘called it’ before any of the umpires. That scored Urena.
And you know....
Bo had 3 hits and a walk.
Biggio, Hernandez and Urena had 2 each. Ureña had a good night, he looked good at short and at the plate. And he did a great job of corralling a McGuire throw and making a tag on a stealing Cameron Maybin in the 10th inning. That was a huge play.
Vlad had a bad day at the plate, 0 for 5 with a strikeout. He hit two fly balls to the track but really didn’t get them well. He was the only starter not to hit. He came up with runners on the corners with 1 out in the ninth and hit into a double play. He was robbed on the first strike call, it was well off the plate but called a strike. That wrecked the at bat, Vlad chased the next pitch of the plate for a weak double play ball.
Jays of the Day: Bo (.515 WPA), Font (.278), Tepera (.221), Biggio (.221), Urena (.155, plus the great defense), Giles (.139), Gaviglio (.112) and Law (.108).
Suckage: Vlad (-.467), Adam (-.205), McKinney (-.178, for an 1 for 5, he played, left, first and left again), Kay (-.168, really unfair as he wasn’t hit hard, just was unlucky) and Grichuk (-.094, even with the home run).
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