Thomas Pannone had a tough first inning but he also had some bad luck. Jonathan Villar reached on a single, but it appeared that Thomas picked him off. He was called safe on the field, but the replay showed he was actually out. Somehow the replay umps didn’t see it that way.
Then, after an out, Trey Mancini hit one to deep left. Derek Fisher made a nice catch at the wall but dropped the ball after hitting the wall. He took a couple of steps with the ball, and had he been reaching into his glove when he dropped it, it would have been a catch.
If we got the out call and if Derek held onto the ball, Pannone would have been out of the inning without a run. As it was, a double and a single later we were down 3-0.
Elvis Luciano pitched the second and third innings, he gave up some hard hit balls but made it through the 2 innings allowing just 1 hit with 1 strikeout.
Wilmer Font gave up a pair of homers in the fourth. He got through the fifth with just a single.
It was Brock Stewart’s turn in the sixth. He gave up 3 hits and 3 earned, while getting just 2 outs.
Justin Shafer got the last out of the sixth. He gave out 2 walks in the seventh but got out without a run scored.
Sam Gaviglio had a tough time in the eighth giving up 3 singles and a walk, while getting 2 strikeouts. I think Sam has thrown too much of late.
Buddy Boshers came in and gave up a ground ball that went under Breyvic Valera’s glove costing Sam another earned run.
Ryan Tepera pitched a quick ninth.
8 pitchers used after yesterday’s 15 inning game, where we used 10. I don’t know what is going to happen next year when the rosters aren’t expanded to 40.
We had troubles with Dylan Bundy. Through 5 innings we had just 1 hit, a Derek Fisher home run. Before Fisher’s homer Anthony Alford hit one that would have been a home run but it was just foul.
We got another run in the sixth. Anthony Alford walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Breyvic Valera single. Speed is nice. Cavan Biggio followed with a walk to get his on base streak to 25 games, but a line out (Grichuk) and a ground out (Vlad) ended the fun.
Our third hit was Rowdy Tellez double in the seventh. Austin Hayes mistimed his jump, missing the catch in center.
Bundy pitched 7 innings of 3 hit ball, with 2 walks, 2 earned and 6 strikeouts. It did seem like some of our batters were in a hurry to get it over with.
We got a couple of runs in the ninth.
Anthony Jonathan Davis was hit by pitch (the third time in the last two days, I wonder what he did to the Orioles) and Reese McGuire doubled down the right field line. Brandon Drury singled to put runners on the corners and Rowdy singled home Reese. But Alford struck out and Fisher struck out and that was the game.
Jay of the Day: I’m going to give them to Luciano and Fisher being the only Jays in the positive WPA zone.
Suckage: Pannone (-.235) and Font (-.109) had the numbers. And we could give one to the entire anemic offense.
We had a surprising 453 comments in the GameThread. I led us to defeat.