This game is the August 9th game, the last of a four-game series in Houston.
The losing streak is over. Six losses in a row was a little much.
It wasn’t all good news, Tanner Roark came out of the game with an injury. He is listed as day-to-day, for about 5 days, with a finger blister. Those sim baseballs must have sim high seams or something.
Tanner came out of the game after just 1.2 innings. He allowed 2 hits, 2 earned, 2 walks. He gave up the 2 runs in the first. A one-out double, followed by back-to-back walks and a 2-run single put us behind 2-0 before picking up a bat.
Chase Anderson followed, also going 1.2, allowing a hit, a run, a walk with 2 strikeouts. He got the win.
Kyle Crockett was next. 2 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned, 1 k.
Anthony Bass was our first pitcher not to give up a run. He went 1.1 with a hit and a walk.
Dany Jimenez went 1.1, allowing a solo home run to Yonder Alvarez.
Sam Coonrod pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout.
On offense, we had 17 hits and 4 walks. Among the 17 hits were 3 home runs, all 2-run shots: Derek Fisher (his 22nd) second, Lourdes Gurriel (29th) in the third and Bo Bichette (34th) in the seventh.
Justin Verlander didn’t have a good day: 8 hits, 5 earned, 1 walk, no strikeouts in 2.1 innings. He drops to 9-10.
Everyone in the Jays lineup had at least one hit. Bo had three for the second game in a row. Cavan Biggio, Gurriel, Rowdy Tellez, Randal Grichuk, Travis Shaw and Caleb Joseph (up for the injured Danny Jansen) all had 2.
The quote of the game came from Charlie Montoyo: “We swung the bats good throughout the lineup.” Ok then.
The Jays are now 69-50, with a 3-game lead at the top of the AL East. Tomorrow they start a 4-game series in Tampa Bay against the Rays. The Rays are second in the division, so some wins would be nice.
After the game, the Jays sent Dany Jimenez to New Hampshire and called up Matt Shoemaker who had a 7.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Jays before being optioned out. The move doesn’t make sense because Matt started yesterday for the Bison, but I guess the idea is he will make Roark’s next start.