This is the game from August 6th. Game one of four in Houston vs the Astros.
Blue Jays 3 Astros 5
The losing streak runs to 4.
Anthony Kay takes his first loss of the 2020 sim season. It is only his 6th start. He was called up in early July to take Chase Anderson’s rotation spot. Kay pitched 6 innings plus 3 batters, allowed 5 hits, 4 earned, 3 walks with no strikeouts.
Kay was cruising until the sixth inning. In the sixth he hit Kyle Tucker and gave up a single to Michael Brantley. A wild pitch and a George Springer singled scored a run against him.
In the seventh he gave up a walk, single and a Jack Mayfield 3-run homer. He likely should have come out earlier, but then the bullpen has been used a bunch lately. The sim Jack Mayfield is having a better season than the real Jack Mayfield had. In real life Mayfield hit .190/239/.214 in just 47 PA. In this sim he’s hitting .292/320/.625 with 2 home runs in 25 PA.
Dany Jimenez came in and gave up a solo home run to Kyle Tucker before getting out of the inning. Danny Romano pitched a quick eighth.
Once again our sim offense had troubles with a good starting pitcher. Lance McCullers went 8 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 earned, 2 walks with 9 strikeouts. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 27 save.
Our runs came on 3 solo home runs. Derek Fisher hit 2 (he’s up to 21 on the season) and Rowdy Tellez hit the other (his 14th). Beyond that we didn’t do much. We did hit into two double plays. Pretty impressive when you consider we only had five base runners.
After the game the Jays made a roster move. Dany Jimenez was sent out to New Hampshire and Eduardo Jimenez was brought up. The bullpen is pretty tired.
Tomorrow Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 4.41 in 3 starts since the trade with the Mariners) tries to end our skid. Zack Greinke (7-5, 4.57 in 21 starts) goes for the Astros.
The Astros have Jose Altuve on the IL.
41,937 sim fans came out to the game in Houston.
Our fourth straight loss narrows our lead in the AL East to 4.